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Faith Hill And Tim McGraw Joined Taylor Swift On Stage To Perform The Perfect Song

In Nashville, no less.

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On Saturday night, Taylor Swift brought her Reputation Tour to Nashville. The country music capital just so happens to be where Swift got her start, so she made sure to throw it back to her roots during the performance. That included a rendition of her first single, "Tim McGraw," with some very special guests.


Swift started by performing solo at the piano, as the crowd sang along with her. She then introduced country star Faith Hill to the stage, as fans cheered. The pair continued to sing Swift's song (named after Hill's husband), until the man himself showed up to join them.

"All right, Nashville," Swift said. "Please welcome the actual Tim McGraw to the stage." As one Twitter user pointed out, Swift was the opening act for McGraw (and Hill) years ago, so things have really come full circle.

"Tim McGraw" was written by Swift and co-writer Liz Rose and released as the singer's debut single in June 2006, when she was just 16 years old. Swift released her self-titled debut album later that year and performed the song live for McGraw at the 2007 ACM Awards.

Swift reportedly wrote the song when she was a freshman in high school, upon realizing that she and her senior boyfriend would break up when he left for college. The lyrics describe what Swift hopes he remembers about their relationship, including dancing to McGraw's music.

"When you think 'Tim McGraw' / I hope you think my favorite song / The one we danced to all night long / The moon like a spotlight on the lake," Swift sings on the track's chorus, later adding, "When you think 'Tim McGraw' / I hope you think of me."

"Every single thing that I do I've learned in Nashville, and I'm so incredibly grateful," Swift told the crowd at one point during Saturday's show, according to Billboard. She also reportedly performed "Better Man," a song she wrote which was recorded by country band Little Big Town.

Although Swift's sound has evolved over the years, she's clearly still appreciative of the country music community for giving her a start in the industry. In April of this year, she made a surprise appearance at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, where she first performed as a teenager and was offered a record deal by Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group.

Check out Swift's full performance with McGraw and Hill in the video below:

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