Jaren Johnston told Roughstock
about the day he wrote the song with Jimmy Robbins and Jon Nite. "I came in there, and at the time, [Kenny] Chesney was picking songs for the Island record (Life On A Rock
) that he did a while back with 'Pirate Flag
' and all that stuff on it," the songwriter recalled. "Originally when we got through it, I was like, 'Man, this would be great for Chesney.' So I called him and told him I was going to send him a song. He got it and listened to it, and told me it was cool, but he was kind of done with the album."
"I kind of went back in, and we changed it up a bit because I knew that Jake was cutting (Days Of Gold
), because I already had a couple of songs cut with him for that record," Johnston added. "I wanted to make the verses more Shawn Mullins-like. We got through that first chorus, and we all thought it would be perfect for Jake. It was totally his world ... he's super on the water all the time, always on the beach or on a boat or whatever. I sent it to him the next morning, and he hit me back immediately saying he wanted to play it for his producers, and here we are!"