This John Prine and Roger Cook penned cut was originally recorded by Prine for his 1986 album German Afternoons. Strait covered the tune in April 1998 for the lead-off single to his album, One Step at a Time. The song became his 34th country #1.
Asked by Billboard magazine why he recorded the song, Strait replied: "I felt it had such a great laid-back melody and groove, if you will, and I also loved the lyrics. Especially the line 'That's what they intended dancing for.' I think I changed it to 'That's what they invented dancing for,' but ended up saying both in the song. It's little things like that-little things that are so simple, but yet so clever-that really make a song."
This was also a hit for Daniel O'Donnell in 1992, reaching #20 in the UK single charts.
Two tears roll down Sinead O'Connor's face. toward the end of the video for "Nothing Compares 2 U." They were shed because she associated the song's lyrics of love and loss with her mother, who was killed in a car accident in 1985.