Shania Twain released “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” while she was still pretty much unknown to country music fans. In fact, it was this tune about dealing with a cheater that helped propel the Canadian singer to stardom.
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Twain joined forces with producer Mutt Lange, who was her husband at the time, to write the song, according to SongFacts.com. It appears on “The Woman in Me,” which was Twain’s second studio album.
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” tells the story of a woman convinced her partner is cheating on her with several other women. The song sounds like an upbeat country track, but the clever lyrics reveal something else. “I know I’m not the only girl you run to,” Shania Twain sings. In fact, she goes on to list a few of these women. There’s: “Lolita, your little Spanish flame,” “Rita, the redhead down the lane,” and “long legs Louise.”
At the beginning of the song, it appears that the protagonist, while questioning her man’s behavior, may allow him to continue doing what he wants. But, in the end, even though she still wants to know what he’s been up to, she wises up. “So next time you’re lonely don’t call me. Try the operator, maybe she’ll be free.”
She also challenges him to come clean, or else. “You better start talkin’. Or you better start walkin’,” Twain sings.
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” is a Hit
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” was made available for radio on Jan. 2, 1995. Appearing on the B Side was “Any Man of Mine,” which would become another hit song for Shania Twain.
By August 1995, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” had sold 500,000 copies. It was Twain’s first gold single. The track received the SOCAN Song of the Year award at the Canadian Country Music Awards that same year. The track also reached No. 11 on the Billboard country music charts.
Watch Shania Twain in the Video for “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under”
SongFacts.com also reports that this video was not the first created by Twain and company for “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under.” According to a biography of Shania Twain by Robin Eggar, the original video included animated boots. The concept wasn’t what was wanted and was thought to be “too clever by half.”
Instead, Mary Bailey reportedly managed to get Mercury to use John Derek on a new video. Derek was known for bringing “out the best in beautiful women,” according to the biography. He was also known for being married to Bo Derek, Ursula Andress, and Linda Evans.
Want more from Shania Twain? Check out her performance of “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” with Willie Nelson, a cover of Barracuda from before she was famous, or “I’m Gonna Getcha Good” from the CMA Awards.