Beer for My Horses
|"Beer for My Horses"|
|Single by Toby Keith featuring Willie Nelson|
|from the album Unleashed|
|B-side||"Rock You Baby"|
|Released||April 7, 2003|
|Format||CD single, 7"|
|Label||DreamWorks Records 450785|
"Beer for My Horses" is the title of a song recorded by American country music artists Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. It was released in April 2003 as the fourth and final single from Keith's album Unleashed. The song spent six weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Country Songs charts in 2003 and peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. This record has since been tied by his 2005 single, "As Good as I Once Was," which also spent six weeks at number one. The song was written by Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick.
The music video for the song features Keith, Nelson and Corin Nemec, as detectives hunting a serial killer, played by Gregg Gilmore. The detectives eventually convince Nemec to dress up as a woman to lure the serial killer and they end up capturing him. The video, directed by Michael Salomon, was shot in downtown Los Angeles and at the nearby Golden Oak Ranch, in Newhall, California. It is also the first video in which Keith does not actually sing. In May 2003, it won the ACM award, for Video Of The Year.
The song is available as downloadable content for the game Rock Band.
"Beer for My Horses" entered the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts dated for the week ending August 3, 2002, spending three weeks on the charts as an album cut and peaking at number 54. It re-entered at number 60 on the chart dated February 1, 2003. On the Hot 100, it ended up peaking at number 22. Along with "Who's Your Daddy?", it was tied for his highest peaking song on the chart until Red Solo Cup beat it out in 2012 by peaking at number 15.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||22|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
by Diamond Rio
|Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
June 14-July 19, 2003
"My Front Porch Looking In"
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
Liberal blogger Max Blumenthal called the song a "racially tinged, explicitly pro-lynching anthem that calls for the vigilante-style hanging of car thieves, 'gangsters doing dirty deeds...crime in the streets,' and other assorted evildoers." Toby Keith defended himself against the accusations by noting that "the words 'lynch' and 'racism' has never come up until this moron wrote this blog."
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- "American single certifications – Toby Keith – Beer for My Horses". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 15, 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
- Blumenthal, Max (August 5, 2008). "Toby Keith's Pro-Lynching Publicity Tour Hits Colbert, CBS and More". Huffington Post.
- "Toby Keith Hits Back at Accusation Song Is Pro-Lynching". Fox News. December 7, 2011.