The Judds' producer, Brent Maher, wrote this with Carl Perkins and Paul Kennerley. Maher co-produced an album for Perkins, a veteran rockabilly musician, and suggested they write some songs together. They had a hard time aligning their schedules, and Perkins ended up sitting in on a writing session with Maher and Kennerley (a Nashville songwriter who penned several hits for The Judds, starting with the #1 Country single "Have Mercy
"). Kennerley was thrilled by the prestigious company.
"To have Carl Perkins in your kitchen is quite exciting," he admitted in The Billboard Book Of #1 Country Hits
Maher added, "I'll tell you, the place was loaded with groove. He started playin' that great little rockabilly groove, and we started singin' and chantin'. That's just a fun song. If you want to dissect a lyric and say, 'Are you serious?,' that's one to dissect."
Maher wrote the melody to Perkins' groove, and Kennerley came up with the title. Then, the trio came up with the verses together and recorded a demo in Kennerley's garage.