Brandy Clark told Radio.com
the story of the song: "That idea came from Jessie Jo," she said. "Jessie Jo is the epitome of cool; she's a little bit of a wild child, and she was dating this guy who loved that about her when he first met her, and then as time wore on, he wanted her to be a little bit more demure."
"And I said, 'Well, what do you think of that?' She's like, 'I wanna say, "Brother, you want the girl next door, go next door!'" And I said, 'Jessie, that's a song!'"
Clark called in Shane McAnally to work on the track as well. "So the three of us sat down and wrote it. I remember we wrote a whole song that day and then felt like it could be better and got back together and tweaked it a little bit," she said. "Once the song was finished, it was just magic. We went in to demo it, I remember Shane and I were demoing it one morning, and the first take with the band was the take. So it was one of those things that just, once it was created there was no stopping it."