Once upon a time there were three songwriters. One had a melody, one an idea, and one liked words that have a nice sound. Fast forward a few months later, and country music icon Garth Brooks lit up the powder keg and rode it straight up the Country music charts, earning himself a new best friend in songwriter Billy Montana.
Billy told Songfacts the story
: "Lee Brice and Kyle Jacobs really had been mulling that idea over, and had a whole bunch of the melody done. They knew what they wanted to do conceptually. And when they ran the idea past me, I was like, Heck yeah. When I start writing, I like words that sound good together, and 'more than a memory' just sounded so good together that I knew that there would be something there. And so that was one of those cases where I think a lot of it was Lee really dipping back into a relationship like that, and he had the line, 'when you're dialing six numbers just to hang up the phone.' And Kyle and I, we all knew that that was kind of a magical line. And that happens every once in a while when you're writing. It's like it goes above and beyond. And having discussions with Garth – you know, my new best friend Garth – when we were getting together celebrating the success of the song and everything, he said that was the line that drew his attention more than any other. So anyway, that song was written in about a day. And so my contribution was mainly from a lyrical standpoint, because they had done a really good job of forming that melody, which I thought was phenomenal.
But the fun thing about it is we had the verse in the first chorus, and John Ozier from Curb Records stepped in to tell us something, and we said, 'Hey, check this out,' played him the verse and the chorus, and he says, 'I've got chills. You need to finish that today.' I mean, he was just like, 'That is extraordinary.' So we did. We stayed in the saddle. And it's funny, because I felt like we worked pretty hard on it, and Lee was like, 'Oh, I don't know about that.' (laughs) You know, he doesn't remember. Some days you're really pouring yourself into it, and I remember pouring myself into it, and we just felt like we had something really great afterwards."