Flatland Cavalry, a country band from West Texas, favor traditional country sounds and traditional country themes... like infidelity. The genre is rife with tunes about cheating or being cheated on, from Hank Williams' lament "Your Cheatin' Heart
" to Carrie Underwood's revenge anthem "Before He Cheats
Cleto Cordero, Flatland Cavalry's frontman, is actually a happily married man who's never stepped out on his wife, fellow singer Kaitlin Butts, but the theme came to mind when he came up with this tune's ominous riff.
"I had that riff, and any time you play a guitar in D major and you go to that C chord, that's your flat 7, it has this ominous Southern-rock sound, so that just felt like a cheating song. That's how it got formed. I haven't cheated on anybody," he explained in a 2022 Songfacts interview
. "Sometimes the music will influence what you think the images are behind it."