Joe Nichols, ‘Gimmie That Girl’ – Story Behind the Lyrics
Singer-songwriter Rhett Akins talks to The Boot about Joe Nichols‘ latest Top 10 hit, ‘Gimmie That Girl,’ which Rhett wrote with Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip.
The three of us write every Wednesday, pretty much. We wrote this song two years ago — 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!