This song about a shattered romance was written by Nashville singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop, the Texas songwriter who penned "Not Cause I Wanted To," which Raitt covered on Slipstream.
"That's just something I do," Raitt said to American Songwriter magazine of interpreting other people's songs. "I listen to something and by the time it comes out of my head and my guitar, it's going to sound different. Especially if it's a song written by a man, there's going to be changes in keys and in lyrics; it's going to be reframed in my own style. That's how I grew up, hearing people like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and my father do the same thing."
There was a rumor in the Soviet Union that The Beatles had secretly visited the U.S.S.R. and given a private concert for the children of top Communist party members. They believed the song "Back In The U.S.S.R." was written because of the concert. Actually, some fans still believe so.