Song written and recorded by Toby Keith for the Mercury label, was recorded at the end of 1992 in The Music Mill, 1710 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville, TN, Toby was accompanied in the recording by: Mark Casstevens (guitar and harmonica), Kenny Bell (guitar), Donald Potter (guitar), Michael Crossno (guitar), John Willis (guitar), Reggie Young (guitar), Jim Kimball (guitar), Sonny Garrish (steel & dobro), Johnie Helms (steel), Carl “ Chuck “Goff Jr. and Gary Lunn (bass), Scott Marcha, Milton Sledge and Keith Mellington (drums), Troy Turner, Clayton Ivey and Chris Trupe (keyboards), Denis Solee (sax) and Dennis Wilson, Thomas Flora, Michael Black and Lon Wilson (back vcl). With the production of Nelson Larkin & Harold Shedd, the song was released on February 12, 1993, on June 5, 1993, reached number # 1, for two weeks in a row, on June 26, 1993, also reached the number # 1 on the charts of Canada Country Tracks. It was the first number one of Toby’s career.
The song was included in Toby’s debut album, Toby Keith (Polygram / Mercury 1993), the album was released on April 20, 1993, and reached number # 17 on the U.S. Top Country Albums. The album was certified as platinum in the USA and gold in Canada.
It has received more than three million spins on country radio, making it the most-played country song of the 1990s.
The song is a staple following sporting events at Oklahoma State University (home of the Cowboys), often played over the venue’s PA system several times in succession as fans emptied the stadium or arena.