Highway Don't Care

Two Lanes of Freedom (Tim McGraw Album) | 2013

“Highway Don’t Care” is a song performed by American country music artist Tim McGraw and features Taylor on vocals, as well as Keith Urban on guitar. It was released in March 2013 as the third single from McGraw’s album “Two Lanes of Freedom” (2013). The song was written by Mark Irwin, Josh Kear and Brad and Brett Warren. McGraw and Taylor recorded their parts separately.

The song is a mid-tempo ballad where the male narrator is separated from his lover who is driving. Throughout the verses, he tells her what he “bets” she is feeling, when a song comes on her radio (its part sung by Taylor) containing the lines “I can’t live without you, baby.” He also says that the highway she’s driving on doesn’t care if she’s alone or if she’s going home, but he does. Keith Urban plays lead guitar on it.

CHART PERFORMANCE
The single was a great commercial success and has sold over two million copies in the US as of February 2019. “Highway Don’t Care” debuted at No. 13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and number 43 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of February 23, 2013, due to unsolicited airplay seven weeks before being released to radio. It also debuted at No. 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for the week of February 23, 2013.

CRITICAL RECEPTION
Thom Jurek of Allmusic, in his review of the album, wrote that “the hook is irresistible and McGraw’s vocal, paired with the young singer’s, is a perfect match.” Chuck Dauphin of Roughstock also reviewed the song favorably, saying that “this song flows well, with winning performances from two of the format’s top vocalists.” Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song five stars saying that the track is arguably “one of the best collaborations of the decade — maybe even ever. Each artist brings his or her best effort to the song from McGraw’s ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ album. ‘Highway Don’t Care’ feels like a special moment from the very first listen, and only becomes more cathartic with time.”

“Highway Don’t Care” has won nine awards and was ranked 30th best country song of the 2010s by Taste Of Country.

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Tim McGraw]
Bet your window’s rolled down and your hair’s pulled back
And I bet you got no idea you’re going way too fast
You’re trying not to think about what went wrong
Trying not to stop ’til you get where you goin’
You’re trying to stay awake so I bet you turn on the radio and the song goes

[Pre-chorus: Taylor Swift]
I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby
I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby, baby

[Chorus: Tim McGraw]
The highway won’t hold you tonight
The highway don’t know you’re alive
The highway don’t care if you’re all alone, but I do, I do.
The highway won’t dry your tears
The highway don’t need you here
The highway don’t care if you’re coming home, but I do, I do.

[Verse 2: Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift]
I bet you got a dead cell phone in your shotgun seat
Yeah, I bet you’re bending God’s ear talking ’bout me.
You’re trying not to let the first tear fall out
Trying not to think about turning around
You’re trying not to get lost in the sound but that song is always on, so you sing along

[Pre-chorus: Taylor Swift]
I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby
I can’t live without you I can’t live without you baby, oh baby

[Chorus: Tim McGraw]
The highway won’t hold you tonight
The highway don’t know you’re alive
The highway don’t care if you’re all alone, but I do, I do.
The highway won’t dry your tears
The highway don’t need you here
The highway don’t care if you’re coming home, but I do, I do.

[Bridge: Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift]
I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby
I can’t live without you I can’t live without you, baby, oh baby
The highway don’t care
The highway don’t care
The highway don’t care, but I do, I do.

[Outro: Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift]
I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby
(The highway don’t care, the highway don’t care)
I can’t live without you I can’t live without you, baby, oh baby
(The highway don’t care, but I do, I do)
I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby
(The highway don’t care, the highway don’t care)
I can’t live without you I can’t live without you, baby
(The highway don’t care, but I do I do)
I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby
(The highway don’t care, the highway don’t care)
I can’t live without you I can’t live without you, baby, oh baby
(The highway don’t care, but I do I do)
I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby

Written by: Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren, Brett Warren

General Information
ReleasedMarch 25, 2013
GenreCountry
Length4:36
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersMark Irwin
Josh Kear
Brad Warren
Brett Warren
ProducersByron Gallimore
Tim McGraw
Single Certification
Official Music Video
Official Audio