Biscuits

Album: Pageant Material (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • Written by Kacey Musgraves with Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark (the trio behind the singer's hit song "Follow Your Arrow"), this peppy tune encourages listeners to live and let live. The anti-negativity theme that's prevalent in many of Musgraves' tunes is conveyed through playful metaphors accompanied by a whistle and a banjo"

    Mind your own biscuits, and life will be gravy

    Musgraves has been performing the love-thy-neighbor anthem since late 2013.
  • The first single from Kacey Musgraves' sophomore album, the jangly song was released to country radio on March 16, 2015 and made available for download the following day. "I'm very proud to be kickin' things off with "Biscuits!" I think it's the perfect preview to the record we had SO much fun making," Musgraves said. "The sound of this song represents so many of the things I love about country music. And be warned — it may inspire a square dance."
  • The inspiration for the song dates back to before Musgraves' previous album, Same Trailer Different Park, hit the shelves. "One day, we were out, somewhere outside of Nashville," Musgraves recalled during an appearance at Tin Pan South 2015. "It was last July. It was me, Shane, Josh (Osborne), Brandy and Luke Laird. We all traded off writing with different [people]... we'd draw names out of a hat."

    "Here's what happened: We had started this song when we wrote 'Follow Your Arrow,'" McAnally added. "'[Mind your own biscuits]' was something we had said in another songwriting thing, and you brought it."

    "We were like, 'That has to be a song, the whole idea,' and so we saved it," Musgraves continued. "I feel like it was Brandy, because she's like, if there's a puzzle piece missing in a song, she's just, like, infamous for [saying], 'You know, this may not work, but what about this?' And it always works. It's mind blowing. You're like, 'Oh, you just pulled this out of your little pocket there?'"

    "[McAnally] said, 'Mind your own biscuits,' and [Clark] said, 'And life will be gravy,'" she added. "And I was like, 'I quit. Bye. Brandy, get out. You're too good.'"

    "So a lot of people ask about the inspiration behind it," Musgraves concluded, "and all I have to say is, it's just good ol' plum country fun."
  • The goofy, brightly-colored video finds Musgraves channeling classics like Laugh In and The Lawrence Welk Show among a backdrop of dancing friends, horses, hay and Cledus Guthrie, a fiddle-playing Muppet. The singer told Buzzfeed that she wanted the clip to look like "Hee Haw meets Pee Wee's Playhouse meets Wes Anderson."

    The clip was directed by Marc Klasfeld and nominated for a CMA Award for Music Video of the Year; it lost to "Girl in a Country Song" by Maddie & Tae.

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