Back When

Album: Live Like You Were Dying (2004)
Charted: 30
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Songfacts®:

  • This Stan Lynch, Stephony Smith and Jeff Stevens penned song was inspired by an incident when Smith went into the kitchen to make breakfast and saw a snake on the floor. The snake crawled into a tight space between the dishwasher and cabinets and she called Jeff Stevens and Stan Lynch to come and help her figure out how to get it out.

    "We couldn't find it," she recalled to The Boot. "We go to the office, and we're sitting there, and Jeff is real country, and he kinda started making fun of me for being a sissy about it. He said, "Back when 'a hoe' was a hoe, my mama woulda just chopped his head off." And he kept right on talking. I was gasping, like, "That's what we have to write today … you know, 'Back when 'a hoe' was a hoe and 'a coke' was a Coke.'" They were like, 'Oh, yeah, here we go.'"

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  • None from MarsCoke has been slang for cocaine since 1902. So a coke was never just a coke during Tim McGraw's lifetime.
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