Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off

Album: III (2005)
Charted: 32

Songfacts®:

  • Different drinks can have drastically different effects on people, and in this song, a girl is prone to erratic behavior when she drinks tequila. Whenever she does, she comes home wearing less than she left with, although other alcoholic beverages don't seem to effect her.
  • The Nashville songwriters Gary Hannan and John Wiggins wrote this song. When we spoke with Joe Nichols, he explained: "They wrote it on a cocktail napkin as they were getting drunk."
  • Nichols tells us that the second time was the charm when it came to recording this song. "We cut that song twice," he said. "The first time we cut it, I did not feel it. It felt flat to me. I loved the playful nature of the song, but when we cut it the first time, the track did not live up to what the lyric could be. So we went back and recut it sloppier, and the sloppier, angry guitars made it just right."
  • Women in the audience have been known to get a little wild when Nichols performs this song. He's says various items of clothing sometimes end up off their bodies and onto the stage. "The most dangerous thing is when they throw their shoes up there," he says. "That hurts, man."
  • This song mentions Bacardi - a type of rum; Smirnoff - a type of vodka; and Patron - a type of tequila. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Matt - Plainfield, WY

Comments: 6

  • Derek from AlabamaHey, Trev!! This is for you!
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  • Derek from AlabamaNow that I got that out of the way, I want to know if Joe Nichols and Band knew that Grandma was going to run up onstage naked? His reaction looks real-ish, but a tad overboard. Anyone, anyone, Bueller?
  • Derek from AlabamaWow, Trevor, I will never enjoy that song again. You turned fun, frolicky little song into a horrible drama about modern society and terrible people who can't be loyal in a relationship. I am going to have to go binge watch Twin Peaks just to feel better about life.
  • Trevor from Richmond, VaKaren: Though the lyrics themselves are lame, you obviously do not comprehend the actual MEANING of the song. Don't feel bad, though; noone else (other than me) seems to have figured it out either.

    The woman in the song is an adulteress. She's cheating on her husband. The "lost" items were removed in preparation for sex with her paramour, then either lost or forgotten afterward. When she gets home, the singer confronts her about the missing items, and she comes up with these LAME excuses. Women do not remove their shoes in bars, and certainly don't forget them. Earrings get lost all the time, by stone cold sober women. The probability of losing them has nothing to do with how drunk a woman is, only how effective the clasping mechanism is. No woman would allow any item of clothing to come in contact with anything in a bar bathroom. Contact lenses do frequently come out and get lost, but no more often when the wearer is drunk, and no more often when drinking tequila than with other drinks. And there's only one reason for a woman to remove her pantyhose when away from home, and it isn't a Bon Jovi song. Speaking of which, hotel bars are not usually wild party places. The music, if they have any at all, is usually elevator music from a CD, not Bon Jovi by a DJ. One thing all hotel bars do have, though, is a hotel.

    From the singer's point of view, one of two things is going on. Either he is so madly in love with the woman (or so full of pride in his own prowess) that he cannot accept the fact that she is cheating on him; or he knows damn well that she's cheating on him and he's retelling her lame excuses, with an unspoken "yeah, right" at the end of each. As for the woman, I don't think she even cares if he knows, as she didn't bother coming up with more believable excuses for the missing items. In fact, she may be intentionally rubbing his nose in it by admitting she went to the Holiday Inn.

    The song is actually quite brilliant. In the same way that the singer is hiding his pain by believing her lame excuses, the songwriters are hiding the true meaning of the song with fun (or as you called them, juvenile) lyrics.
  • Karen from Manchester, NhThis song is so unbelievably lame. It's a shame; Nichols has a wonderful voice, but he wastes his talents on juvenile lyrics like this one.
  • Mark from Lancaster, OhYes. This is excellent and highly recommended. She is delivered home wearing a tablecloth.
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