“Tight Fittin’ Jeans”
Written by Michael Huffman
#1 (1 week)
September 26, 1981
Conway Twitty’s hitmaking career stretches all the way back to the fifties, with his country success starting in earnest toward the end of the sixties.
So it’s interesting that in the digital and streaming age, the majority of his gold singles are from the eighties, including “Tight Fittin’ Jeans,” which is one of best ever singles.
The storyline is a bit far fetched. A millionaire’s wife meets a good old boy in a honky tonk as she plays out a fantasy of just being “a good old boy’s girl.” She cautions him that “there’s a tiger in these tight fittin’ jeans,” but true to form, Twitty centers the emotional intimacy that they share in their one night together.
He’s far too respectful to make a salacious record, and indeed, the best line in the song fills in the blanks of what happened after they left the bar: “In my mind, she’s still a lady. That’s all I’m gonna say.”
And the song ends on a wistful note, as he realizes just how lucky he was to have her in his life for just one evening:
Well now she’s back in her world and I’m still stuck in mine
But I know she’ll always remember the time
A cowboy once had a millionaire’s dream
And Lord I love that lady wearing tight fitting jeans
It’s sophisticated and adult, and portrays both characters with complexity and empathy. T.G. Sheppard could never.
“Tight Fittin’ Jeans” gets an A.
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