Head Over Boots

Album: California Sunrise (2015)
Charted: 51
Play Video


  • Pardi sings here about a girl that he is "head over boots" for. The song's swinging rhythm was inspired by the Texan dancehalls near his father's home in Hill County, Texas. Pardi spent some time in the clubs toward the end of 2014. A chorus melody emerged while he was at his dad's place, which was still inside Pardi's head when he showed up for a song writing session with Luke Laird ("American Kids," "Pontoon") on January 19, 2015.

    Pardi came up with the song's title, which matches the track's Texas dancehall roots early on in the song-writing process.

    The married Laird approached the lyrics as a guy happily entrenched with his family. "Most songs are about relationships in one way or another, so I'm inspired by her all the time, whether it's early on in our relationship when we first met or like today, with one kid and one on the way," he told Billboard magazine. "I'm always drawing from that."

    The second verse refers to a woman who's still an inspiration after her hair turns gray. "'Test time and grow old together,'" said Pardi, quoting one line. "That kind of brings it to the point."
  • Jon Pardi recalled the story of the song. "I was sitting in Spring Branch, Texas at my dad's house and I started kinda strummin' this little old sounding country thing in his living room and I recorded it on my phone," he said. "I was thinking man, I need a good love song for the ladies out there."

    "So, I came up with 'Head Over Boots' and I went to Luke Laird and we kind of threw out the title and we came up with a cool little old school modern new love song, and it's my first love song on Country radio."
  • Pardi explained how a Texas dancehall served as inspiration for this song. "I was at a Texas dancehall with my dad, and I was just watching older people and young people two-stepping around a circle and listening to old country and everybody seemed so happy. I just kind of soaked that in," he said. "It was actually like a positive love song about growing old together, being together. It was a very easy song to write. It just kind of came out of me."
  • This features a fiddle, which gives the song an old-fashioned country sound. Pardi explained to Billboard magazine: "There are a lot of old sayings from the '90s and '00s: 'Shuffles won't work on country radio.' 'You can't have a pedal steel lead on country radio.' If someone says you can't have a fiddle on county radio... this is what I grew up with. I'm helping country sound a little more country."
  • Luke Laird may have achieved over 20 chart-toppers but it was he who sought Pardi out to write with him. He recalled: "I was such a huge fan of his first record, I actually seeked him out, tried to get my wife Beth, I'm like, 'Can you find out a way I can write with Jon Pardi?'"

    "I was just a fan, but when Jon sits down with a guitar, just what he does naturally is already so unique. It's like so country like you've heard it before, like you've never heard it before, and when I'm trying to work with artists, that's what I look for," Laird continued. "I just loved that we could just write a straight-ahead country song and not worried about having to do all sorts of tricks and whatever. It was just completely authentic to who Jon is as an artist and it was just him being himself, and I was just fortunate enough to be along for the ride."
  • This was released as the lead single from California Sunrise. Pardi had each song on the album recorded with a full band to create the feel of a live recording. "The heart of this record comes across with a live band," he explained. "We used seven guys - one band - and there's something special about that."

Comments: 2

  • Rhandie from 37879Long story cut off who this song was written for didn't want Billy to sing it then it doesn't ever get sung or recorded.
  • Rhandie from 37879Rhandie Lee Parker wrote this song in a matter of minutes in the early morning hours, I was 22 or 23 years old when I wrote this , I've never received any response of this song ever being recorded. It was the true meaning of this song with every lyric I wrote that night as with many other lyrics that love doesn't matter to any of the artists that sung any of the songs I wrote or co-wrote. That among many reasons is what will be the dismise of trust in-between man-kind and any love songs that are written when those who sing them don't comprehend what is and what isn't. It's people just like these various artists that Americans could never trust each other when trust is supposed to be earned not granted. Trust isn't what Jon pardi will ever achieve from anybody anywhere, with zero trust Jon pardi may justice take its toll with you. Why didn't you use every lyric of this song? Rip me off you have more beef with me than you could ever imagine. You should go ahead and contact the real writer of this song quick, be a man have it be face to face.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Country Song Titles

Country Song TitlesFact or Fiction

Country songs with titles so bizarre they can't possibly be real... or can they?

Angelo Moore of Fishbone

Angelo Moore of FishboneSongwriter Interviews

Fishbone has always enjoyed much more acclaim than popularity - Angelo might know why.

Gilby Clarke

Gilby ClarkeSongwriter Interviews

The Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.

Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues

Justin Hayward of The Moody BluesSongwriter Interviews

Justin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.

Gavin Rossdale of Bush

Gavin Rossdale of BushSongwriter Interviews

On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."

JJ Burnel of The Stranglers

JJ Burnel of The StranglersSongwriter Interviews

JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.