Gimmie That Girl

Album: Old Things New (2009)
Charted: 34

Songfacts®:

  • This Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip penned song was released as the second single from American Country music singer Joe Nichols' second album, Old Things New.
  • In this song, the narrator states that his girl is beautiful without her makeup. Nichols described the cut to Roughstock as "one of those songs, that both girls and guys can dig."
  • The song was Nichols' first live-concert video. It was filmed at Cowboys in San Antonio, Texas, where he performed to a packed house in the Lone Star honky-tonk.
  • Rhett Akins told The Boot about the writing of this song: "The three of us write every Wednesday, pretty much. We wrote this song two years ago -- in the beginning of 2008. I think Ben and I had already been working on this idea of writing a song about telling the girl who's all dressed up because you're going out -- 'Hey, let's not go out ... let your hair down and put on some old blue jeans because I like you just around the house hanging out with no makeup on, not being all dressed up -- just being yourself.' It's about celebrating the down-home-ness of a girl. It's cool when you get dressed up, wear makeup, and put all the jewelry on, but I like it when you're just bumming out around the house!
    The original title was something like 'The You I Want to See' or 'The You That I Like Best.' We used both of those lines in the chorus. Dallas is the one who switched it around to 'Gimmie That Girl.' Ben and I had a little bit of the idea going. Then Dallas changed it up to 'Gimmie That Girl.'
    We all ended up writing it together then. It floated around a little bit, and then Joe liked it. Joe cut it in January of 2009 and it came out in October of 2009. It's kind of a long process but it's been well worth it!"
  • This was Nichols' third country #1. His other two chart-toppers were "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" in December 2005 and "Brokenheartsville" in March 2003.
  • Nichols admitted to the Country Countdown USA program that he needed some convincing before he cut this song. He said: "When they first demoed [the record], a buddy of mine said, 'This is the biggest hit you're going to have.' I was like, 'Whatever!' I took it home and listened to it. I thought it was pretty good. And next day, [he said], 'You heard that song yet?' I said, 'Yeah, man.' And then the emails kept coming. He'd email me the song or slip it somewhere to make sure I heard it. I said, 'You need to go get someone like Joe Nichols to cut that song.' [laughs] And that's who cut it. I'm glad to have it.'"

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  • Beau from Phoenix, AzUgh... so much Auto-Tune...
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