Brooks was attracted to the song, written by Nashville veteran Don Schlitz (Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler
") and Stephanie Davis (Brooks' co-writer on "We Shall Be Free
"), because it was true-to-life. "I just love the realness of it, that, Oh my God, I've forgotten her name
," he recalled in his 2017 book, The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years
. "Because the truth is, man, you're thinking of everything except where you're at right at that time. You're still thinking about how you could have saved what you lost. You're wondering what the person you lost is doing right now. You're stupidly scared to death that who you lost is going to walk in and see you with this other person, and half of you is hoping that they do. It's a crazy time in your life if you've ever gone through it. And we all have, in some way. And this song just gets it."