When you have kids, going to the farm supply store without them can be a hot date. That's what happened to the Nashville songwriter Paul Overstreet, who wrote this song with another Nashville cat, Jim Collins. At the time, five of Overstreet's six kids were still living at home.
"They just kept us busy all the time," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "So this day we left them at home with the nanny and went off looking at farm equipment. As we left the co-op, she flipped the little divider up and started getting frisky. It was like when we were dating. We went over to some friends' house after we left, and they said, 'Are you writing any new songs?' I went, 'Yeah, I got one I'm working on called 'She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy.'' Because we were looking at tractors.
She turned red and didn't say anything, but they started laughing really hard, so I thought maybe there was more to it than just a joke. So the following Monday, I had a writing appointment with a couple of guys. We were struggling to find an idea so I threw that one out there. One of the guys said, 'I don't want to write that dumb stuff, let's write something serious.' So we didn't write it. Then after the session the other writer, Jim Collins, called me and goes, 'Man, I want to write that idea with you.'"