This was written during a low period in the singer's personal life when she was forced to slow down and face her problems head on. Dolly started the '80s off on a high note with a starring role in the smash comedy 9 to 5
. She also performed the film's title theme song
, which became a #1 hit and earned her two Grammy Awards. From the outside it looked like she had it all, but behind the scenes she was struggling with health issues that were taking a severe mental and physical toll. It came to a head in 1982, when she collapsed onstage from the pain of endometriosis, a progressive gynecological condition. A few years later, she had to undergo a partial hysterectomy, which meant she could never bear children.
"When I look back, I really feel like everything in my life has been for a reason. I think God just smacked me down. That was a hard time, but it made me understand other people a lot better," she recalled in her 2020 book, Songteller
. "I related to how alcoholics become alcoholics. I related to how drug addicts become drug addicts. Sometimes your pain is just so great you can't hardly bear it on your own. I completely had an insight into other people's sorrows. I had to take a good look at myself. I had to tear everything down, reshape myself, and get some priorities in order, so that I could pick up, move on, and become bigger than I ever was before. And I think that's exactly what happened."