Farmer's Daughter

Album: Take A Back Road (2010)
Charted: 47

Songfacts®:

  • This is the first single and title track from country music artist Rodney Atkins' fourth album.
  • The song tells of a cocky young farmhand's love for the beautiful farmer's daughter. Atkins told The Frederick Newspost: "When I first heard it, I played it for my wife, and her response was, 'If I were you, I'd run as fast as you can and cut that song before someone else does.' So that's pretty much what we did."
  • The cut was written by Rhett Akins (no relation) together with Ben Hayslip and Marv Green. Akins told The Boot the story behind the song:

    "This was the first time the three of us had ever gotten together to write. Marv came in with the idea. All he really had was the hook of the song: 'just when I thought it couldn't get no hotter, I caught a glimpse of the farmer's daughter.' Ben and I jumped all over it. We thought it was awesome. It's a farming and real rural farm scene about this guy who took this job on a farm. He hated it because it was so hot outside and it's really hard work. He was thinking about quitting until he saw the farmer's daughter! [laughs] Then suddenly he liked his job and stuck it out. He's glad he didn't quit.

    The second verse they got closer, and we came up with 'just when I thought it couldn't get no hotter, I fell in love with the farmer's daughter.' Then they got married, and he's still farming. Then we thought of 'just when I think it can't get no hotter, I come home to the farmer's daughter.'"

    It's a real cute song. It's real rural. We're talking about feeding hogs, hauling hay, and it being hot and hard work, but it was all worth it because I fell in love with the farmer's daughter.

    Rodney heard it and loved it. He said, 'That's my wife's favorite song, and I've got to cut it!' He's awesome."
  • The song's music video was directed by Chris Hicky (who also helmed Miranda Lambert's "White Liar"). It stars Atkins as a young farmhand and his real-life wife, Tammy Jo, as the farmer's daughter, whom he falls in love with. Their son Elijah previously appeared in the video for Atkins' 2006 single "Watching You."

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