It most likely won"t shock you to discover that a song called "Tequila provides Her clothing Fall Off" to be born in a bar. John Wiggins and also his co-writer Gary Hannan had actually spent hrs trying to come up with a song when they decided to head to a brewhouse close to Music Row and also grab a beer — and then a shot. Soon, Wiggins to be scribbling under a future nation hit ~ above a drink coaster. The song is tamer than its title first suggests: the sorts of apparel its subject loses space earrings, shoes and jackets. Wiggins called the story that "Tequila" — a No. 1 hit for Joe Nichols in 2005 — come Bart Herbison the Nashville Songwriters combination International.

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There"s a fine line on the song in between being risque and also humorous — and I"ve got to tell you, as a fan of an excellent songwriting, you walk that perfectly. Did girlfriend think about that as soon as you and also Gary Hannan composed that song?

Yeah, absolutely. We wrote that in 2004, therefore it to be a lot an ext reserved back then. Toby Keith was kind of the just one that was doing stuff like that. Gary and I had actually been working on a song, and you know exactly how Nashville is. It basically shuts down in between Thanksgiving and brand-new Year"s. We had actually been creating all day, and I finally said at around 2 o"clock, "Gary, I"m gonna go acquire a beer. Execute you want to come v me?" So we go to the brewhouse down here, and I had a beer and said, "Man this ain"t doing it because that me. I want something a tiny stronger. I go approximately the bar, and also I turn around (to Gary) and also say, "Can I get you a shot?" and also he said, "Yeah, anything but tequila. Tequila provides my pants loss off." i said, "That"s what should have actually been functioning on today!" He said in his southern African accent, "You can"t create a song about pants fallout’s off!" ns said, "Yeah, girlfriend can, man." That"s exactly how it every started. I"ve still acquired the Budweiser coaster I created it under on.

Did (the song) come quickly? Because, again, you take it ideal up come the edge, however you don"t jump over the cliff in the song. And also I think the humor made the acceptable because that radio.

I"ve gained three sisters and a mother, and also I had plenty to draw from earlier in the day. They"d all get wild and they"d shed stuff, and the much more they drank, the an ext they would certainly lose. My mama would (say), "Now, whereby did I put 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 came pretty quick, yet there were part places, favor at the end, (where we said) "How room we gonna pave this up?" us wrapped that up v the noticeable thing, that the following day, ~ a big party, they"re like, "Oh God, what happened?" and also just cram in the disclaimer that "She don"t average nothing, she"s just having actually fun" kind of allows him turn off the hook.

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— Compiled through Dave Paulson, dnpaulson

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