This mid-tempo country rocker finds Paisley singing about a girl that he equates to a thunderstorm:
And I love her so much it hurts I never meant to fall like this But she don't just rain, she pours That girl right there's the perfect storm
As Paisley sings the word "storm," his electric guitar rumbles like a clap of thunder. He told Rolling Stone Country that it was his intention to marry the riff with the song's lyrical content: "The 'Perfect Storm' guitar part sounds like thunder," he said. "It's got that crackle. Sometimes, the guitars and the lyrics come about at the same time."
Paisley added that the guitar should always be compatible with the song. "I'm not one of those guys who's got a lot of riffs lying around," he said. "You get into trouble when you start talking your eye off of the song. You can have this riff that you think sounds so cool, but to whom? Are you speaking the language your fans want you to speak? You've got to picture that person as they're hearing the song for the first time. You don't get many tries in country music to hook 'em for the first time."
The Jim Shea-directed video features Paisley singing the ballad during a hurricane-like storm whilst photos of women slowly fly past the screen. Several weeks previously Paisley had asked fans for photos of themselves or someone special in a T-shirt. "Thanks so much for submitting your photos for the video," he said. "I stood in the pouring rain and sang this song over and over in slow motion for you. I hope you love it. I'm really happy with it. I love the video."
Amongst those whose pictures were chosen were his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, whose photo appears in the clip. Paisley tweeted her at the time:
Congratulations @KimWilliamsPais Your dream has come true! You're in my music video! Don't scream