The song came from a Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Craig Wiseman writing session. "We went to Craig's office, and Craig had this little beat machine. He turned the beat machine on, and we just started jamming on the guitar for a minute," recalled Akins to Roughstock
. "Dallas goes, 'I've got a title called 'Boys 'Round Here.'' He looked up at the wall, and Craig's got a picture of The Beatles on his wall. We wanted to write a real redneck song about country boys all over the place. I guess The Beatles were in Dallas' head from looking at that poster, and he says, 'Boys 'round here don't listen to The Beatles.' We just went from there.
"Craig calls it 'The Hobo Soup Song,'" laughed Akins. "Hobo Soup is just whatever you've got, throw it in the pot and hopefully it will taste good [laughs]. We just threw every crazy thing we could think of into this song, from 'chew tobacco, spit' to 'teach me how to dougie' [laughs]. Dallas and I were obsessed with this 'Dougie
' song at the time, and I don't know how that made it into the song. I guess just from us being goofy.
"Then we thought we needed something real different," Akins continued. "We didn't want the song to stay the same all the way through, so we were trying to think of something new to write for the back half of it. I was kind of leaning back in my chair, and I was yawning. My yawn was sort of in tune with what was playing in the background. Dallas thought I was going 'oooooooo,' but I was really yawning. Dallas was like, 'What was that!?' I was like, 'That was a yawn.' He said, 'Well it sounded good; do it again!' [laughs] So the yawn turned into 'Ooooooo, let's ride,' that Miranda [Lambert] and The Pistol Annies part. That just made the back half of the song totally different. It was a complete 180 to how the song was going. We were laughing and cutting up. A lot of the stuff like 'What? (That's right!)' and 'Country boy can survive' - just all the crazy stuff in there - was just Craig and me and Dallas just cutting up."