Stapleton starts off the song by recounting finding Maggie abandoned in a shopping cart, and the playful relationship the pup shared with their five children. After the Stapletons moved to a ranch, Maggie "loved to chase squirrels" and kept their kids "safe from harm."
Stapleton then tells the tear-jerking story of the day of Maggie's death. He recalls how one rainy Monday morning their dog woke up and found she couldn't stand. She laid her head in the singer's hand one last time. "I told her she was a good dog," he croons. "Then I told her goodbye."
"That one was hard to sing," Stapleton told the LA Times
. "I kept crying through a lot of it."