He told Apple Music's Alecia Davis in a new interview about how Swift's 2006 debut single aged the then-39-year-old country star. "Well, when I first heard 'Tim McGraw' by Taylor Swift, I mean, I thought it was a good song. I was a little apprehensive about it when I first heard it," he admitted. "Then I thought, 'Have I gotten to that age now to where they're singing songs about me? Does that mean I've jumped the shark a bit? Is everything still cool?'"
The country-pop-crossover sensation wrote "Tim McGraw" in her high-school freshman math class, when she was dating a senior about to head off to college and wanted to capture everything about her that would remind him of Swift in a song. Her favorite country artist immediately came to mind.