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."
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.
The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" was written by the Motown team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. The phrase "Sugar pie, honey bunch" was something Dozier's grandfather used to say when he was a kid.