Glen Campbell revealed in 2011 that he was battling Alzheimer's. By 2014 the disease had progressed to the point where he was in a care facility and unable to pursue his music career. This tune written by Campbell with Julian Raymond is the last one that he ever recorded. He laid it down at Sunset Sound Factory and East West Recording Studio in Los Angeles for the EP soundtrack of the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. The song makes reference to his struggles with Alzheimer's disease, and is a message to his wife and children.
To compose this song, Julian Raymond kept a journal of things Campbell said to him, which formed the basis for the lyric. Campbell had input on the words and melody, but Raymond guided him through the process. The song ended up capturing Campbell's fleeting thoughts as his memory had failed.
The song was recorded in 2013 after Campbell had completed his final tour.
Campbell addresses his wife, Kim Woollen, in this song when he sings:
You're the last person I will love
You're the last face I will recall
And best of all
I'm not gonna miss you
"It's heartbreaking to hear," Woollen told the Arizona Republic in 2015. On the other side, he's saying, 'Don't worry about me. I'm gonna be OK. You're the one who's gonna have a hard time.' And it's true because he doesn't know the pain we're going through. It is heartbreaking every single day. Sometimes, I'm really depressed."
The song reached the Top 50 of the Country chart. It was Campbell's first entry on the tally since "Somebody Like That," which peaked at #66 in 1993.
This won for Best Country Song at the Grammy Awards in 2015.
This got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Tim McGraw performed it at the ceremony. Introducing the performance, Gwyneth Paltrow said of Campbell, "Faced with the prospect of fading memories, he decided to record one last song to tell his wife and children how much he loved them before it was too late."