88: This One’s for the Girls

88: This One’s for the Girls

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music

This One’s for the Girls

Story by Hillary Lindsey

Song written by Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, and Chris Lindsey

Recorded by Martina McBride

When Aimee Mayo and Chris and I first sat down to write, “This One’s for the Girls,” we were thinking of writing something that would be an inspiration only for younger girls. Then, the more we started talking about it, the more we decided to touch on every generation. The line that talks about “living on dreams and Spaghettios / wonderin’ where your life is gonna go” — that was me, at that same age, living in an apartment, and living on SpaghettiOs. I still occasionally eat them, because I love them. I was living in a really creepy apartment near Music Row. It was very convenient but was roach-infested and everything. So that part was pretty autobiographical.

I think when we wrote the line about “every laugh line on your face,” we were probably thinking of our moms, but also being at the age when we were starting to develop our own little laugh lines or crow’s feet.

When we wrote the lines about high school being so rough and mean and holding onto your innocence as long as you can, both Aimee and I felt this way when we were teenagers — maybe not feeling like you were part of the “in-crowd.” I don’t know how Chris felt, being a man and all. He probably felt the same way. There’s just so much facing young women today, from peer pressure to bullying to negative feedback from the media, so we were just trying to write a positive song that they can listen to and feel encouraged by.

We want girls to feel comfortable being who they are, being comfortable in their own skin, and not trying to be someone they’re not. It’s kind of addressing us girls, too, because heaven knows, we’re usually our worst critics. We can be pretty hard on ourselves and sometimes hard on each other, too. So this song was meant to be an encouragement to girls of all ages to just be themselves.

This One’s for the Girls

This is for all you girls, about thirteen.

High school can be so rough, can be so mean.

Hold onto, onto your innocence.

Stand your ground, when everybody’s givin’ in.

This one’s for the girls.

This is for all you girls, about twenty-five.

In little apartments just tryin’ to get by.

Livin’ on, on dreams and Spaghettios.

Wonderin’ where your life is gonna go.

CHORUS:

This one’s for the girls,

Who’ve ever had a broken heart;

Who’ve wished upon a shootin’ star:

You’re beautiful the way you are.

This one’s for the girls,

Who love without holdin’ back

Who dream with everything they have.

All around the world,

This one’s for the girls.

This is for all you girls, about forty-two.

Tossin’ pennies into the fountain of youth.

Every laugh, laugh line on your face,

Made you who you are today.

CHORUS

Yeah, we’re all the same inside

From one to ninety-nine:

CHORUS

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