It more than likely won"t shock friend to learn that a song referred to as "Tequila provides Her apparel Fall Off" was born in a bar. John Wiggins and also his co-writer Gary Hannan had actually spent hrs trying come come up with a song once they determined to head come a brewhouse close to Music Row and also grab a beer — and then a shot. Soon, Wiggins to be scribbling under a future country hit top top a drink coaster. The track is tamer than its title very first suggests: the kinds of clothes its subject loses room earrings, shoes and also jackets. Wiggins said the story that "Tequila" — a No. 1 hit for Joe Nichols in 2005 — come Bart Herbison the Nashville Songwriters association International.

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There"s a fine line on the song between being risque and humorous — and also I"ve acquired to call you, together a fan of good songwriting, friend walk the perfectly. Did friend think around that once you and also Gary Hannan wrote that song?

Yeah, absolutely. We wrote that in 2004, for this reason it to be a lot much more reserved back then. Toby Keith was type of the only one that was law stuff prefer that. Gary and I had actually been working on a song, and you know how Nashville is. It usually shuts down between Thanksgiving and new Year"s. We had been writing all day, and I ultimately said at about 2 o"clock, "Gary, I"m gonna go obtain a beer. Execute you desire to come with me?" So we go come the brewhouse under here, and I had actually a beer and said, "Man this ain"t law it for me. I desire something a tiny stronger. Ns go as much as the bar, and also I turn roughly (to Gary) and also say, "Can I gain you a shot?" and also he said, "Yeah, anything yet tequila. Tequila makes my pants autumn off." i said, "That"s what should have actually been working on today!" He claimed in his south African accent, "You can"t write a song around pants fall off!" i said, "Yeah, friend can, man." That"s how it all started. I"ve still obtained the Budweiser coaster I composed it down on.

Did (the song) come quickly? Because, again, you take it it right up come the edge, but you don"t jump end the cliff in the song. And also I think the feeling made the acceptable for radio.

I"ve acquired three sisters and a mother, and I had actually plenty to attract from ago in the day. They"d all obtain wild and they"d lose stuff, and also the more they drank, the more they would lose. My mama would certainly (say), "Now, wherein did I placed my pocketbook?" That"s what i was illustration from that entirety time.

Did you and also Gary have to finesse the over time?

Well, it come pretty quick, however there were part places, prefer at the end, (where us said) "How space we gonna pave this up?" us wrapped the up through the noticeable thing, that the next day, after a big party, they"re like, "Oh God, what happened?" and just throw in the disclaimer the "She don"t mean nothing, she"s just having actually fun" type of allows him off the hook.

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