Ashley McBryde’s ‘Girl Goin’ Nowhere’ Is the Hit Song We All Need [Listen]
finally just released the next Song of the Year. "Girl Goin' Nowhere" is an all-time country lyric almost hidden in a performance so personal, it bleeds.
That it took three singles from the Girl Goin' Nowhere album to deliver this as an official radio single is a point of frustration for her passionate fans. Honestly, most of them may not have noticed — seeing her perform this song live just once is enough to keep you satisfied for eternity. McBryde led her Taste of Country Music Festival set with "Girl Goin' Nowhere" in 2018, silencing a day-time crowd of thousands. Saying something gave you goosebumps is so cliche ... unless it happened.
So here it is, that magical combination of artistry and commercial appeal that should result in the type of career-changing success an artist like McBryde is too busy working to take time to dream of. This song should do for her what "Tennessee Whiskey" did for Chris Stapleton. If McBryde ends up being a one-hit wonder, make it be this one, because it's a moment people tune in to hear.
Did You Know?: Garth Brooks liked this song so much, he started to cover it as "Guy Goin' Nowhere" during live shows.
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Ashley McBryde's "Girl Goin' Nowhere" Lyrics:
Don't waste your life behind that guitar / You may get gone, but you won't get far / You're not the first, you won't be the last / And you can tell us all about it when you come crawling back / That road you're on, just winds and winds / Your spinning your wheels and wasting you're time.
But when the lights come up / And I hear the band / And where they said I'd never be is exactly where I am / I hear the crowd / I look around / And I can't find an empty chair / Not bad for a girl goin' nowhere.
I get these calls, out on the road / Heard your song on my radio / We always said you'd make it big / And I tell all my friends, I knew you back when / So don't forget all us little folks / And when you crash and burn / Remember we told you so.
I need to thank my daddy / For that first set of strings / And all those folks who swore I'd never be anything / It took a whole lot of yes I wills and I don't care / A whole lot of basement dives and county fairs / To this show right now and y'all sure look good out there.
Not bad for a girl goin' nowhere / Not bad for a girl goin' nowhere.