Suds in the Bucket

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"Suds in the Bucket"
Single by Sara Evans
from the album Restless
Released May 2004
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2003
Genre Country
Length 3:49
Label RCA Nashville
Songwriter(s) Billy Montana, Tammy Wagoner
Producer(s) Sara Evans and Paul Worley
Sara Evans singles chronology
"Suds in the Bucket"
"Suds in the Bucket"
Music video
"Suds in the Bucket" at

"Suds in the Bucket" is a song written by Billy Montana and Jenai, and recorded by American country music singer Sara Evans. It was released in May 2004 as the third single from her fourth album Restless (2003). It became her third number-one single on the US Country charts, and her first since "Born to Fly" in early 2001. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 18, 2005.

The song appears in the game Karaoke Revolution Country and is included in the Rock Band: Country Track Pack;[1] it will appear as downloadable content for the Rock Band series.


The song is up-tempo and tells the story of a girl who runs off to Las Vegas one day with her boyfriend, leaving the "suds in the bucket and the clothes hangin' out on the line."

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that it is "awash in fiddle and steel guitar and has a catchy chorus." She goes on to call the lyric "cute and will remind all parents of the fleeting joys of childhood and how quickly the kids begin building their own lives."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video follows the lyrics of the song. It shows a young girl running away from home with a boy to go get married. The song is intercut with scenes of Evans singing in front of laundry drying in the front yard of a home, in a beauty shop, and in a church. The video was directed by Peter Zavadil.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 33

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 8
Preceded by
"Days Go By"
by Keith Urban
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

October 16, 2004
Succeeded by
"I Hate Everything"
by George Strait


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