August 10.2015 – Story Behind “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” by Joe Nichols

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*Mama Jaymes was a teetotaler. She was a little Baptist lady that never drank. So imagine my surprise when this song came out and she liked it! She said it “tickled” her. My mom had a wonderful sense of humor and I am so blessed that she passed that along to me. So, as I play this song today, I am sending a “hello and love you” Heaven-ward. Miss you Mama. XX ~Robynn

Nashville songwriters Gary Hannan and John Wiggins, (who, along with his sister Audrey, performed in the mid-1990s as the country duo John and Audrey Wiggins) wrote this song. When we spoke with Joe Nichols, he explained: “They wrote it on a cocktail napkin as they were getting drunk.”

Nichols tells us that the second time was the charm when it came to recording this song. “We cut that song twice,” he said. “The first time we cut it, I did not feel it. It felt flat to me. I loved the playful nature of the song, but when we cut it the first time, the track did not live up to what the lyric could be. So we went back and recut it sloppier, and the sloppier, angry guitars made it just right.”

Women in the audience have been known to get a little wild when Nichols performs this song. He’s says various items of clothing sometimes end up off their bodies and onto the stage. “The most dangerous thing is when they throw their shoes up there,” he says. “That hurts, man.”

It was released in August 2005 as the first single from Nichols’ album III and the second number 1 hit of his career. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. December 17.2005

LYRICS: Written by Gary Hannan and John Wiggins
She said, “I’m going out with my girlfriends
For margaritas at the Holiday Inn”
Oh have mercy my only thought
Was tequila makes her clothes fall off

I told her put an extra layer on
I know what happens when she drinks Patron
Her closet’s missing half the things she bought
Yeah, tequila makes her clothes fall off

She’ll start by kicking out of her shoes
Lose an earring in her drink
Leave her jacket in the bathroom stall
Drop a contact down the sink

Them panty hose ain’t gonna last too long
If the DJ puts Bon Jovi on
She might come home in a table cloth
Yeah, tequila makes her clothes fall off

She can handle any champagne brunch
A bridal shower with Bacardi punch
Jello shooters full of Smirnoff
But tequila makes her clothes fall off

She’ll start by kicking out of her shoes
Lose an earring in her drink
Leave her jacket in the bathroom stall
Drop a contact down the sink

She don’t mean nothing, she’s just havin’ fun
Tomorrow she’ll say, “Oh what have I done?”
Her friends will joke about the stuff she lost
Yeah, tequila makes her clothes fall off
Oh tequila makes her clothes fall off
Oh tequila makes her clothes fall off

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

One thought on “August 10.2015 – Story Behind “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” by Joe Nichols

  1. Derek

    I just want to know one thing. Did Joe Nichols know that Grandma was going to show up to the pool party, get naked and run on stage?

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