This song finds Yoakam singing of a woman who wishes she'd never started a relationship. He originally wrote the song's opening verse years previously planning to include it on 2012's Tree Pears. "I never finished it," he told Rolling Stone Country. "It wasn't meant to be a part of that record and now I know why. It's its own statement, and it led this collection of songs in a way."
The song's first line was borne out of a fictional conversation with somebody. "She said, 'When I trusted in love, I dreamed in color too,'" he explained. "I remember [being] in my house, singing it out loud and I thought, 'Who is this and why did she say that?'... and staring off into space and thinking, 'Who's the poor guy who's obviously smitten with the idea of the two of them?'"
Boston leader Tom Scholz went back to his job at Polaroid after releasing the group's debut album. When his co-workers kept coming by to tell him "More Than A Feeling" was playing on the radio, he knew it was time to quit his day job.