A John Prine joke at an Americana Honors & Awards ceremony kick-started the song. Clark recalled at an album preview event:
"John Prine walked out, and everybody stood up and clapped for a long time. I think in an attempt not to get emotional, he made a joke of it. He said, 'I'm John Prine, but I'd like to go back to being who you thought I was.'"
The songwriter in Clark instantly recognized a song, so she put the idea in her phone. Her heart recognized a truth, which bought her to tears. She explained: "I cried because I'd felt that way. Like, 'Man, I'd love to be who somebody thought I was,' you know? It can really be anything. I'd like to be who my dogs think I am, on most days."
The very next day Clark sat down and penned the song.