Dolly has written a few songs from the perspective of a prostitute, such as "My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
," but this one was inspired by a real person. Like Dolly, one of her distant cousins grew up in poverty and longed for a better life. Hoping to become a model, she ran off to New York but found work as an escort instead.
"She worked in the prostitution business for years and years and years," Dolly explained in her 2020 book, Songteller
. "She eventually met someone, like the Julia Roberts character in Pretty Woman
. She later married and had a wonderful life. She turned out to be a wonderful person. But that's where I started from to make up that song's story."