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This is an exaggerated lyrical song that is simply about finding the right girl. It is about how men look for particular women with certain details about them; sometimes these details can be as particular as having a short skirt and a long jacket. (thanks, Brian - Altoona, PA)
Lead singer John McCrea told Rolling Stone about the line, "I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket": "I think it was inspired by seeing somebody with those two oppositional fashion gestures. And that's sort of what the song is about, directly oppositional forces housed within the same mechanism or personage. I saw this woman as trying to arrive at balance - the skirt going up and the jacket going down." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
The music from this song is used as the theme song to the TV show Chuck.
The song's intro was used to accompany highlights in the UK football magazine show Match of the Day 2 for the 2010-11 season.
The Canadian superstar talks about his sudden rise to fame, and tells the stories behind his hits "Sunglasses At Night," "Boy In The Box" and "Never Surrender."
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
Pete produced Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked, Meat Puppets, and a very memorable track for Roy Orbison.