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""The Little Girl""
Single by John Michael Montgomery
from the album Brand New Me
B-side Brand New Me
Released August 29, 2000
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded 2000
Genre Country
Length 3:53
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Harley Allen
Producer Buddy Cannon, John Michael Montgomery and Norro Wilson
John Michael Montgomery singles chronology
"You Are"
(2000)
"The Little Girl"
(2000)
"That's What I Like About You"
(2001)

"The Little Girl" is a song performed by American country music artist John Michael Montgomery, from his 2000 album Brand New Me. The song features harmony vocals by bluegrass musicians Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski, both members of Alison Krauss & Union Station. Released in August 2000, the song became Montgomery's seventh and final Number One hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and his first chart-topper since 1995's "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)." The song also reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Song story

The song is based on an urban legend. The website Snopes.com states that the legend itself is unverifiable, and would have otherwise passed into obscurity had it not been for songwriter Harley Allen who, after receiving a copy of the story from his brother, wrote the song in under fifteen minutes.[1]

"The Little Girl" tells of an unnamed young girl born to an alcoholic father and drug-addled mother. The couple regularly fought in front of her (usually with her hiding in fear behind the living room couch), showed her no attention or affection, and were not interested in religion.

One evening, the fight escalated to a horrific outcome—the girl (while again hiding behind the couch) would witness the murder-suicide of her parents (Dad killed Mom, then himself). This resulted in "some people from the city" taking the girl to another home, one completely different from her prior one – this home featured a compassionate family who regularly attended church.

On the girl's first visit to church, while in Sunday School, she would notice on the wall a picture of Jesus hanging on the cross. She commented that she did not know who the man was, but knew that he had to have come down from the cross—as she recognized the man as the one who comforted her while she witnessed her parent's violent deaths.

Chart positions

"The Little Girl" reached its peak of Number One on the Billboard country charts in late 2000, holding the position for three weeks. It was Montgomery's seventh Number One hit, and his first since "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" in 1995. The song also reached Number One on the RPM country singles charts in Canada, and was that publication's last country Number One hit as RPM closed in November 2000.

Chart (2000) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 35
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

References

Preceded by
"Kiss This" by Aaron Tippin
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

October 28-November 11, 2000
Succeeded by
"Best of Intentions" by Travis Tritt
Preceded by
"Go On"
by George Strait
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 30-November 6, 2000
Succeeded by
none
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