Writing songs from a male point of view was a relatively new exercise for Jessi Alexander. Connie Harrington and her had first attempted a guy's perspective with "I Drive Your Truck
," when they'd teamed up with Jimmy Yeary. She told Radio.com
that the success of that song gave them a boost: "It was so exciting that Connie and I had written all these years, and couldn't get arrested, and with 'I Drive Your Truck' it was like we found the secret," said Alexander. "'Oh, we need a guy in the room.' It was exhilarating."
So for the writing session that would eventually produce this song they brought in Deric Ruttan, who works with Harrington at her THiS Music publishing company. "Connie always has a wealth of great ideas," Alexander explained. "I remember her just saying, 'mine would be you,' and Deric and I just looked at each other and said, 'whoa whoa whoa.'"
After that promising start the trio "plowed through" a series of images and ideas. "'Mine would be you,' OK. Well, my favorite 'blank.' We would just go back and forth. My favorite sundae, my favorite game, my favorite drink, whatever … mine would be you," Alexander said. "It got deeper and deeper, pretty much as a positive love song in a gritty way, that first day."
For their next session a fortnight later, the threesome met at Alexander's house. "And that," Alexander said, "is when the song took the twist to that negative last verse. I think having that perspective, getting away from the song, then coming back that evening, and having some wine, we started to go there. And it felt so right, to kind of complete the story."