The song does not specifically reference any particular shooting in American or world history. However, Underwood was partially motivated to record "The Bullet" for Cry Pretty
by the Las Vegas Route 91 shooting
"It's a beautiful and powerful song, and I thought for a long time whether or not I was the one to deliver its message," Underwood told Stellar magazine
. "Unfortunately, too many events have happened and not just on a grand scale."
"But too many people are going to relate to it - whether in the military, if they're cops, or just people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time," she added. "It's a song that needed to be sung."