In this song Strait plays the heartbroken tough guy who tells his friends that he's OK, but cries at night thinking about the girl he lost. He can tell his friends he misses her in a "round about way," and he's not lying: he misses her around about midnight, which is when it hits him and the tears start falling.
Will.I.am, literally dreamt up "I Gotta Feelin'." Said the Black Eyed Pea: "Have you ever had a dream where there's a melody in your dream? I'll wake up out of my sleep and record that! 'I Gotta Feelin' was one of those songs."