I Had Me a Girl

Album: The Civil Wars (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from The Civil Wars' eponymous second album. "This song always conjures up an image of a glass of whiskey and a lit cigarette," said Joy Williams of the indie-folk duo. "It's a little brooding. A little dangerous. It smolders. It has swagger and grit. It's full of innuendo and Southern Gothic tones. I love the feel of this track, and the way this song came together on the record. 'I Had Me a Girl' is one of those musical moments that makes me wish I knew how to play electric guitar. Or any guitar, for that matter."
  • Working with the Southern production company 1504 Pictures, Williams and her Civil War partner John Paul White released a behind-the-scenes video for the album. "There were moments when John Paul would pick up a guitar and he and Joy would transport to a different place," director Mark Slagle of 1504 Pictures said. "You can see it when John Paul plays 'I Had Me A Girl' in the control room and Joy starts moving with the melody. There was definitely a creative push and pull, but watching them grow a song from nothing, giving and taking, was incredibly inspiring."

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