The song was written by the trio while sitting out on the back porch of Kent and Sharon Blazy's house. They came up with this story of a teenage boy and girl who defy their parents and escape their houses to stay out all night. Kent Blazy recalled to Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters Association International
"A lot of times when Garth comes in, he has an idea on how he wants something to be on a record. He came in and there was no pressure. He said, 'I want to write the first single off the new record, and I want them to be shotgun lyrics.' OK.
I mean, I kind of figured he was thinking Chuck Berry or something like that. And so he just kind of threw out this idea, telling the whole story. And we had Kim Williams with us. Any time we got together, Kim was always the risqué one.
We always blamed it on him. We just started laughing, writing, and Kim filled up a notebook full of lines. Then we finally went through, cleaned them up and got it the way we wanted. We told the whole story, and we worked all day 'til we were sunburned. Because we had to go outside and work."