Fancy Like

Album: Country Stuff (2021)
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Songfacts®:

  • This is a twang-filled tribute to the blue-collar cuisine Walker Hayes equates to fine dining on his date nights with his wife.

    Yeah, we fancy like Applebee's on a date night
    Got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake
    Get some whipped cream on the top too
    Two straws, one check, girl, I got you


    Hayes told American Songwriter the song has broadly relatable subject matter. "Where I come from, it's fast food and cheap home-cooked meals until payday - then it's time to party," he said. "We're gonna go sit down and have a waiter."
  • Walker Hayes wrote the song with Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins and Shane Stevens for his Country Stuff EP. The track came about they began chatting during their writing session chat about how people see music stars with their huge mansions, and private jets and don't picture them enjoying the regular things in life. It was Jenkins who coined the term "Fancy Like," during their conversation.

    "I swear to you, I am the slowest writer on earth, but this song just dumps out, like it already existed," Hayes said on Apple Music Country's The Kelleigh Bannen Show. "Then Josh [Jenkins] and I, on the way home, we're like, 'Hey, I think it needs a bridge' and just texted it out, and I laid it down that night."
  • Locked down at home during the pandemic, Hayes had plenty of time on his hands so he started creating dances with his teenage daughter Lila. As the months went by, this became a hobby for them and one Sunday afternoon they came up with a dance for "Fancy Like" on their front porch.

    Hayes uploaded it to TikTok and it quickly became a viral sensation, reaching over 4 million views in four days. The buzz from the app helped propel the song into the top 10 of the Country chart.
  • The song climbed to #1 on the Country chart on its fifth week on the tally. It was Hayes' first visit to the summit; his previous best placing was the #9 position that "You Broke Up With Me" reached.

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