Drunk Girl

Album: Everybody (2017)
Charted: 79
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  • Don't be fooled by the "Drunk Girl" title. This Everybody cut is not an ode to hard living females, but instead the song serves as an encouragement to young men to help inebriated woman to make their way home safely rather than trying to sleep with them.

    "It's certainly a compelling track in the regard that it was written from a father's perspective. If my daughter were ever in that situation, the song is how I hope a young man would treat my daughter," Janson told Taste of Country.
  • Speaking on the Ty, Kelly & Chuck morning show, Janson explained the emotional track, written by him with Scooter Carusoe and Tom Douglas, comes from a place of concern and support from the perspective of fathers.

    "This is exactly how you treat a girl, at least in my opinion," the singer said. "And I think we're shedding a new light on something, frankly, that doesn't get talked about a lot. It gets swept under the rug, and when you do hear about it, it always gets lit up in a negative tone."
  • Janson told Genius: "This song came together over tears and cigars, and the beautiful piano playing of Tom Douglas."

    He added: "The inspiration for this song came from our daughters. We wanted to put a song out there with subject matter that could be used as a template for young men, or any man, on how to actually treat a woman. Not preachy, just the truth."
  • It was Tom Douglas who originally came up with the idea of writing a song from a father's perspective about guys treating their girls with respect. Chris Janson told People:

    "He had it first, and he sent it to us, and it knocked us off our feet frankly. We basically thought, 'You can never put enough good information into the world, and if we can write this song and craft it well enough, it might touch some people's live - guys and girls alike.'"
  • Chris Janson's original plan was to try to pitch the song to Tim McGraw, but his wife Kelly thought he should keep it and his record label team urged him the tune was a really good fit for him.
  • Janson was especially drawn to the parts of the song that reminded him of harder times:

    That TV in your two-bedroom, sound's turned off
    And through the paper-thin walls, you can hear the neighbor's cigarette cough
    There's a million things you could be doing but there's one thing you're sure damn glad you did.

    "The parts that were oddly connecting with me on a personal note were 'through the paper-thin walls you can hear your neighbors cigarette cough,' like those kind of things," he told Taste of Country. "I don't know very many people that haven't lived in a single apartment before coming up through the ranks of life. I have. Several."
  • The Jeff Venable-directed music video depicts the backstory of a drunken young woman leaving a bar with her date.

    "I don't cry very easily. But man, this one broke me down quick," Janson told People of his reaction after seeing the completed visual. "Sometimes these things get swept under the rug. Sometimes they get pushed so far back in the closet, nobody wants to look at it... Well guess what? It happens every day and it's something to be thought about."
  • The music clip won Janson the 2019 Academy of Country Music Video of the Year honor. The trophy was Janson's first ever ACM.
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