Written by Nicolle Galyon, Ben Johnson and Niko Moon, this song finds Dierks Bentley tuning out of life after a rough breakup.
I've been gone, I've been gone
I've been sittin' on the couch watching TV all day long
All day long, I've been tryin' to figure out how a good thing went wrong
Recorded by Bentley amid the turmoil of the cornavirus pandemic, he connected to the song not only in the way it portrays the effects of a failed relationship but also to how he's feeling in 2020. He explained to the media that the disarray following the broken romance doubles as a metaphor for the lockdown keeping touring musicians "gone" from their fans.
"I feel like I've been gone. I feel like we've all been gone," Bentley reflected. "So it touches on a little bit of the idea of what's been going on here with COVID, but it does in a metaphorical way, through a relationship. I don't think anybody wants to hear anything written too directly about what's happening right now, it'd be too depressing."
Frequent Carrie Underwood collaborator David Garcia produced the track. Theirs is a new partnership - Bentley and Garcia only met earlier in 2020 over Zoom while writing songs with Hardy
. Ross Copperman had been Bentley's main producer on his last three albums.
Sonically, the song combines modern sounds with Bentley's roots as a bluegrass fan. Garcia's layering of dobro, piano and guitar with an aching groove and a gritty vocal is fresh territory for the singer. "I love the sounds of the old-school stuff, the acoustic stuff, but I listen to country radio and I hear these kids putting stuff out - I'm like, 'I like those sounds too.' Those loops sound fun, and that sounds cool, and that lyric's really catchy," Bentley shared.