This was Rednex' follow-up to their first single, "Cotton Eye Joe
," a techno embellishment of an old American folk song. They followed a similar formula, and got similar results - the song was very successful in Europe.
In was written and produced by Pat Reiniz of Rednex, who told the story in a Songfacts interview
: "When writing it, I was determined to use the same phonetics as in 'Cotton Eye Joe' (which I came to regret later) as an exercise to better understand what made the song sound 'folky.' So first the words were chosen (out of a long list of options with the same phonetics), then afterwards a 'meaning' was attached to them and later a whole lyric was written. The story is that Old Pop is being chased up the oak by an angry grandma for doing some mischief by the BBQ."