Here's the story of the song as explained by Rollins to The Boot: "I had the idea of, 'It's Five O'clock Somewhere,' and it just clicked that the idea would do really well with that setting. I floated it out and he said, 'Yeah, I've always heard that saying but I've never heard a song about that.' So we wrote it. It was definitely that 'Margaritaville
' feel. Jim and I agreed what the story was, that this was a guy who decided to have a few at lunch, and then decided to stay there. Once that framework was there, then the lyrics were very easy for me. The musical setting of it was more Jim's end of it. That chorus, 'Pour me something tall and strong ...' musically, was definitely Jim's thing.
The 'What would Jimmy Buffett do?' line in the bridge was there from the beginning. It was me being sarcastic, poking a little fun at the 'What would Jesus do?' bumper stickers. It happened to be exactly the right thing for that situation. That was the way they brought Buffett into the song, it turned out to be the thing to make the song work for that situation.
We did very few edits on it. Usually, Moose and I will beat a song to death after we write it, but this one we didn't. As I remember, we switched the first verse with the second after we were finished. We both looked at it and went, 'Oh, the first verse is the second and the second verse is the first.' Click. That was it."