This was written by country songwriters Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, who wrote Tammy Wynette's #1 hit "D-I-V-O-R-C-E
." Braddock came up with the idea for the song, which he says was probably inspired by his love for his second wife, but he doesn't admire the narrator. "It's the story of a man whose love was so strong that the only way he could get over this woman was to die. I think he was a terrible role model, a very bad role model. The man was obsessed with this woman and he never got over. He never moved on," he told NPR. "I thought it was just an okay song. I didn't think it was that great a song. And when the producer Billy Sherrill played me George's recording of it, I went, 'Wow, this is something really great.' And I think in this instance, the artist and the production elevated the song to a place that it wouldn't have been otherwise. I really attribute so much of the success of this to George Jones and his producer. Because after I heard it, I realized then it was indeed something very special."