Boots

Album: A Rock (2020)
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Songfacts®:

  • In this country breakup tune, Hardy wears his boots to bed so it will be easier to walk out the door, and out of his girlfriend's life, in the morning. The song was based on a semi-true story of an angry partner and a pair of too-tight boots. The singer told Songfacts in a 2020 interview:

    "I was in New York City and I had just played as the headliner of my first sold-out show. My girlfriend Caleigh was with me and I was just a tad bit over-served. After the show, I picked her up over my shoulders and was walking down the street. There was this garbage can with a bag that had a bunch of Styrofoam in it, and I picked her up and I didn't throw her, but I laid her down on top of the bag. I was in the dog house big time, as I should have been, and she stayed pretty pissed at me for the rest of the night. Then we got back to the hotel room and I had these really tight, tough-to-get-off python boots, white boots, and she was so mad, so she didn't help me take my boots off.

    The next morning we woke up late to catch the train to Washington, D.C. and I was still wearing the clothes I wore the night before. And I just wrote that idea down. I woke up in my boots, and I was like, 'How could you make that cool?' I thought, 'Oh, I know. What if you knew you were going to get kicked out the next day, so you woke up in your boots. It would give you one less thing to do when she's yelling at you in the morning.'"
  • Hardy may be a country singer, but he loves rock-and-roll, which is apparent on this grungy guitar number. "'Boots' is a perfect representation of who I am as an artist," he explained. "It's a country lyric but it sounds like a rock-and-roll song."
  • This is the second single from Hardy's debut album, following "One Beer" (which originally appeared on his 2019 mixtape, Hixtape, Vol. 1). He started his career in Nashville as a songwriter, partnering with Florida Georgia Line on their hit tunes ("Simple" and "Talk You Out of It."
  • Hardy wrote this with Hillary Lindsey (who co-wrote several hits for Carrie Underwood - including "Jesus, Take The Wheel") and David Garcia (the co-writer/producer of Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be"). The songwriters contributed to several other tracks on the album, including "Hate Your Hometown."

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