Tim McGraw, “Last Dollar (Fly Away)”

I love the song. It’s a wry twist on the “I’m poor, but rich because I have you” nonsense that often passes for a love song in country music. He’s reveling in the freedom of having nothing to lose, and has no problem telling the girl by his side: “I’m so glad you’re here today, ’cause tomorrow I may have to go and fly away.”

Two things that keep the song from completely soaring, though: The “ha ha ha” chant – which isn’t even annoyingly catchy, just annoying – and the vocal distortion in the bridge. McGraw is usually better at letting the song just shine, but there are a few too many production tricks here.

Grade: B

Listen Now: Last Dollar (Fly Away)