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Girl Crush crew: Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet. Matthew Welch/Sandbox Entertainment

Written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and writer Liz Rose, "Girl Crush" is a beautiful song. It"s catchy. It"s haunting. It"s sparse and direct. But "Girl Crush" is a song about crushing jealousy. It is about the ache of desire. It is, ultimately, about fantasizing.

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When Karen Fairchild sings, "I want to taste her lips/Because they taste like you" and her "long blonde hair," this desire stems from an obsession, not sexuality. The singer is fantasizing about being the other woman so she can be with the man.

In this way, the title "Girl Crush" is a little misleading. So are some of the band"s comments about the song, which are meant, no doubt, to stir the rumor mill. For example, Fairchild"s quotation in Rolling Stone: "There are not many women on the radio and not many ballads with that kind of lyrical content."

Lyrically, the song is great. Musically, the song is great. But to claim it has controversial content is to stir the rumor mill.

Gay country songs

If you"re looking for LGBT country songs, start with Kacey Musgraves" "Follow Your Arrow," which encourages the listener to be happy with who they are and do what makes them happy. ("Kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that"s something you"re into," Musgraves sings.)

Next, let"s look at Steve Grand"s self-financed "All-American Boy," which has been both praised and criticized (notably by Slate for presenting a reductionist take on the achievements of LGBT progress).


Rascal Flatt"s 2009 song "Love Who You Love" has also been championed by many for having a message of supporting LGBT rights.

Ok, so it"s not like there is a bevy of LGBT songs in American country music. But it"s making progress. In 2014, both singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gillman came out as gay. Meanwhile, Brandy Clark is a huge force in the Americana scene and country songwriting world.

Looking further back, Chely Wright was one of the first country singers to come out as gay in 2010. Before her, k.d. Lang came out in 1992. If you don"t know k.d. Lang, she released a string of incredible country albums in the late "80s before turning to pop. She won just about every award imaginable in the "80s, including a string of four consecutive years as the Canadian Country Music Association"s Entertainer of the Year and a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance.

So, country culture is slowly (slowly) welcoming and championing its LGBT contributors.

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This story previously ran on April 11, 2020.

Girl Crush Lyrics:

I got a girl crush, hate to admit it butI got a heart rush, ain"t slowin" downI got it real bad, want everything she hasThat smile and the midnight laugh she"s givin" you now


I wanna taste her lips, yeah, "cause they taste like youI wanna drown myself in a bottle of her perfumeI want her long blonde hair, I want her magic touchYeah, "cause maybe then you"d want me just as muchI got a girl crush, I got a girl crush

I don"t get no sleep, I don"t get no peaceThinkin" about her under your bed sheetsThe way that she"s whisperin", the way that she"s pullin" you inLord knows I"ve tried, I can"t get her off my mind

I wanna taste her lips, yeah, "cause they taste like youI wanna drown myself in a bottle of her perfumeI want her long blonde hair, I want her magic touchYeah, "cause maybe then you"d want me just as muchI got a girl crush

I got a girl crush, hate to admit it butI got a heart rush, it ain"t slowin" down