Taper Jean Girl

Album: Aha Shake Heartbreak (2005)
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Songfacts®:

  • Nathan, Caleb and Jared Followill were brought up in a religious household by their United Pentecostal Church preacher and their mother, Betty-Ann. However, many of the Kings of Leon's lyrics are known for being racy, including this one with its unmistakably sweary chorus. Q magazine May 2014 asked the brothers whether their loved ones minded their close-to-the-knuckle tracks? Caleb replied: "It took them a while. My mum loved 'Taper Jean Girl' for years, then one day she walked in and smacked me. 'Are you saying the C-word?' 'Yeah, I've been saying it at every show for years.'"

    "Now I find it kinda hard. I can say stuff that's kind of dirty but I try to make it more hidden than I did back then," he continued. "I don't really like to hear someone who is forcing profanity. If it's cool, that's one thing but if you hear someone saying a curse word out of the blue it's just trying."
  • The song plays during a scene in the 2007 film Disturbia as well as in the closing credits.

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