March 5.2014 – The Story Behind “Suds In The Bucket” by Sara Evans

This song was originally written in response to a pitch sheet for an up-tempo song for Lee Ann Womack. So co-writers Billy Montana and Jenai went into the studio to put together a quick cute song that would coax smiles to come into the light. Billy says, “There’s certain times when you get finished with a song, and you go, ‘Mission accomplished.’ Sometimes a song kind of leads you. So Jenai and I wanted to write something fun, something kind of light-hearted. And this was a rare instance where we had a lot of the music in advance of the lyric. I’m a guy that likes to start with a hook and then figure out what the idea is. But in this particular case we actually had a lot of the music, and we were just kind of ‘da-da-da-da-da-da,’ singing like that. And we had a concept where we wanted a young girl leaving home. And I said, ‘Well, what about she left the suds in the bucket, the clothes hanging out on the line?’ And Jenai’s mouth dropped open, and she said, ‘I love that.’

Because it just seemed like a unique way to say she left in a hurry.”

The sort of off-kilter language in this song was inspired by Bob Dylan, who had a penchant for making pretzels out of words if necessary to suit the line. “The thing that I think I love the most about that song is the language. We say, ‘little pony-tail girl growed up to be a woman.’ Bob Dylan put in a song, I think it’s a line that goes, ‘something I never knowed.’ Because he was rhyming it with ‘road.’ And so I was like, well, man, it can be done. And check this out, this was kind of funny, because my daughter pointed out to us one time, we were listening to a Neil Diamond song, and it’s the one about ‘song she brang to me,’ he says ‘B-R-A-N-G, brang,’ to rhyme with sang, and rang. And so my daughter was like, ‘That’s not a word, ‘brang.” And I’m like, Oh my gosh, I never noticed that. So Jenai and I, we were writing, we’re like, man, that’s cool. But I think we get into the father’s head when he’s staring out the window scratching and a-wracking his brain. I mean, it’s just the language, I was really pleased when we were finished with it, because I felt like we actually got inside the heads of the characters in the song.” (Read more in our interview with Billy Montana.)

“Suds” is the third single from Sara Evan’s album Restless. It became her third number-one single on the US Country charts October 16.2004, and her first since “Born to Fly” in early 2001. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 18, 2005.

LYRICS: Written by Billy Montana and Tammy “Jenai” Wagoner
She was in the backyard – they say it was a little past nine
When her prince pulled up – a white pickup truck
Her folks shoulda seen it comin’ – it was only just a matter of time
Plenty old enough – and you can’t stop love
She stuck a note on the screen door – “sorry but I got to go”
That was all she wrote – her mama’s heart was broke
That was all she wrote – so the story goes

[Chorus]
Now her daddy’s in the kitchen – starin’ out the window
Scratchin’ and a rackin’ his brains
How could 18 years just up and walk away
Our little pony-tailed girl grown up to be a woman
Now she’s gone in the blink of an eye
She left the suds in the bucket
And the clothes hangin’ out on the line
Now don’t you wonder what the preacher’s gonna preach about Sunday morn
Nothin’ quite like this has happened here before
Well he must have been a looker – smooth talkin’ son of a gun
For such a grounded girl – to just up and run
Course you can’t fence time – and you can’t stop love

[2nd Chorus]
Now all the biddy’s in the beauty shop gossip goin’ non-stop
Sippin’ on pink lemonade
How could 18 years just up and walk away
Our little pony-tailed girl grown up to be a woman
Now she’s gone in the blink of an eye
She left the suds in the bucket
And the clothes hangin’ out on the line

[Instrumental]

[3rd Chorus]
She’s got her pretty little bare feet hangin’ out the window
And they’re headin’ up to Vegas tonight
How could 18 years just up and walk away
Our little pony-tailed girl grown up to be a woman
Now she’s gone in the blink of an eye
She left the suds in the bucket
And the clothes hangin’ out on the line

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One thought on “March 5.2014 – The Story Behind “Suds In The Bucket” by Sara Evans

  1. George Carey

    Who is the girl in the video for suds in the bucket?

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