Smoke in Her Eyes

Album: Did It for the Party (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written by Big and Rich's John Rich with his friends Rodney Clawson and Vicky McGhee. The same trio also penned "California."
  • The subject matter is similar to a famed John Anderson hit, one of Rich's favorite songs from the 90's. He told Billboard magazine:

    "To me, it's kind of like 'Straight Tequila Night' revisited. That's one of my favorite stories ever portrayed in a Country song. It's about a girl who walks into a bar, looking like a million bucks, but you do not want to engage this person. She is there on a mission, and it's not something that you want to deal with. She says she's not about to cry, but that's just smoke in her eyes, but it's a lie. She's there to hurt you, man. I think that's a pretty common characteristic of Big & Rich music. There's always that plot twist – and that little quirk that happens in the storyline."

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