Carlene Carter and Susanna Clark wrote this song. Carter is the daughter of country music stalwarts June Carter and Carl Smith; Clark (who died in 2012) was the wife of Guy Clark
. They each began writing songs in the '70s - Clark composed the 1975 #12 country hit for Dottsy, "I'll Be Your San Antone Rose," and Carter was just getting started on her songwriting journey at the urging of her mother.
In our interview with Carlene Carter
, she explained: "Susanna and I were great pals and she called me up one day and she said, 'I have a great line for a song: 'It's a quarter moon in a ten cent town.'' I said, 'Come over.' By the time she got there, I had already sorted out the whole music, the melody and everything, and had started on the first verse. Then the second verse was, 'It's a quarter moon in a ten cent town.' From that we made a song."