This was written by Tony Arata, who also wrote Brooks' hit "The Dance
." He came up with the date-rape scenario after Brooks requested another verse about the loss of innocence. Arata recalled in The Anthology Part 1
: "He settled on the verse that he did because I remember talking to him, telling him that if you look at the verses, the way they're formatted, there's certain elements involving the hand that had to be in each one. The kid finally makes it good with the bully. The nonbeliever finally prays with his hands. And the added verse had something like, 'with a finger you can put his fists away.' Details, but important details to the song."