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."
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.