Brett Young wrote this song with Zach Crowell and the singer's "Mercy
" collaborator Sean McConnell.
Like "Mercy," "Don't Wanna Write This Song" is a heartbreak song with a sparse, dark instrumental, and both are the last tracks on their respective albums. The similarities are intentional. Knowing he had yet to record a breakup ballad for Ticket to L.A.
, Young texted Crowell and McConnell just before their songwriting session to say that the only thing they needed for the record was something like "Mercy."