Garth Brooks was not the person the writers had in mind when they wrote this song. In fact, they didn't have anyone in mind. But the fact that Garth picked it up meant much more to them than a strictly success standpoint. "The first time I wrote with Lee was probably, I don't know, five years ago," says Billy. "And he was an artist fresh to town and I had asked him, 'What do you want to be as an artist?' And he said, 'Garth Brooks.' (laughs) So that totally was a dream come true for him to get to have all of that happen with a song he wrote."
"And Garth was so gracious through the whole process. My understanding is that he recorded it on June 5, which was great, because it was my wife's birthday. And then he had us in the studio I'm thinking maybe about 5 or 6 weeks later. Invited all the writers to the studio to hear it. And we sat down at the console, and he says, 'I hope you like it. If there's anything you don't like, let me know.' And of course I'm thinking, Yeah, that's
gonna happen. As soon as it started, if you can imagine what it would be like hearing Garth's voice coming in on a song, and the way he sang it, and the strings coming in, and the power when it crashes into the second verse, I knew right then, I mean, what I said in my mind was, That's why you're Garth Brooks.
I mean, really, I was just so impressed. And so it gets to the end, and I was like, 'Well, I need to hear it again.' It was really a special day." (Read more in our interview with Billy Montana