Story Behind the Song: Joe Nichols, ‘Gimmie That Girl’
Released in October of 2009 by Joe Nichols, “Gimme That Girl” was written by the Peach Pickers: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. The song was the second single from Nichols’ Old Things New album and, in May of 2010, became Nichols’ third career No. 1 single. It also earned a Top 40 spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart (No. 34) and was one of the Top 10 songs on 2010’s year-end Billboard Country Songs chart (No. 7). Below, Akins and Davidson tell The Boot how the song came to be.
Rhett Akins: The three of us write every Wednesday, pretty much. We wrote this song … in the beginning of 2008.
I think Ben and I had already been working on this idea of writing a song about telling the girl who’s all dressed up because you’re going out, “Hey, let’s not go out … let your hair down and put on some old blue jeans, because I like you just around the house hanging out with no makeup on, not being all dressed up — just being yourself.” It’s about celebrating the down-home-ness of a girl. It’s cool when you get dressed up, wear makeup and put all the jewelry on, but I like it when you’re just bumming out around the house!
The original title was something like “The You I Want to See” or “The You That I Like Best;” we used both of those lines in the chorus. Dallas is the one who switched it around to “Gimmie That Girl.” Ben and I had a little bit of the idea going, then Dallas changed it up to “Gimmie That Girl.” We all ended up writing it together then.
It floated around a little bit, and then Joe liked it. Joe cut it in January of 2009, and it came out in October of 2009. It’s kind of a long process, but it’s been well worth it!
Dallas Davidson: I remember, because I’m a limited guitar player, I have no skills — I remember playing G-D-G-D-G-D, which is the entire song, those two chords. I remember spitting out [hums melody], then we all started … We write so damn many, we don’t remember.
Without sounding cocky at all, we honestly thought we had a big hit. We loved it and couldn’t imagine an artist not taking that song. It didn’t take long. [But] we’ve had our hearts broken many times.
This story was originally written by Alanna Conaway, and revised by Gayle Thompson and Angela Stefano.