Martina McBride, ‘Teenage Daughters’ – Song Spotlight
Martina McBride shares the struggles of raising a teenage girl in her new single, ‘Teenage Daughters.’
A helpless McBride asks her fellow moms, “What are we going to do about it?” before leading into the chorus:
“Remember when we used to be / Everything they’d ever need / We had them believing we were cool / It’s like it happened over night / We’re always wrong / They’re always right / We used to be the ones breaking the rules / Now we’re just moms / And we’re just fathers / Of teenage daughters.”
McBride spills to Our Country that this new single was inspired by her 16-year-old daughter, Delaney. “It’s interesting to me that there haven’t been other songs written about it, because almost everybody goes through it,” McBride says. “I have an awesome relationship with my 16-year-old daughter, but about a year-and-a-half ago, I started noticing a shift,” she adds.
“It stopped being all about me and it was more about her friends. Which it should be. It’s perfectly normal. But as the person who was the center of the universe to this child, you go, ‘Oh. Well, this is a journey.’ So the Warren Brothers and I wrote a song about it, and it came really quickly, in about 45 minutes.”
‘Teenage Daughters’ puts feelings into words, describing the confusing time when mothers lose their daughters as best friends, and their new teenagers are suddenly their biggest source of stress. Unfortunately, McBride won’t escape the teen fear years anytime soon. The ‘Wrong Baby Wrong’ singer has three daughters: 12-year-old Emma, 5-year-old Ava Rose and the 16-year-old inspiration for the song.
‘Teenage Daughters’ is the first single from McBride’s forthcoming new album, slated for later this year.
Listen to Martina McBride, ‘Teenage Daughters’