Written by "Unwound
" songwriters Dean Dillon and Frank Dycus, this sentimental ballad from Strait's second album has the singer recalling a past love affair that took place on the beaches of Marina del Rey, California. Dillon, who would continue to write songs for Strait throughout his career, wrote this from his own experience. He said in a Songfacts inteview
"I was in Marina del Rey, California, with Steve Wariner and Sylvia, who were label-mates of mine on RCA, doing a radio tour. We stayed at the Sheraton there in, I think, Marina del Rey. Steve liked magic tricks and he took Sylvia to a magic show. I made my way to the bar, and I met a young lady there and we actually dated for a couple of years after that. But that song was written about her on the airplane coming back from Marina del Rey, most of it was. When I got back, I played what I had for Dycus, and we finished it."