Dillon had his own rebellious streak and brought it with him to the writing table. He was fed up with the way country outlaws were being treated and was tired of his publishing company trying to dictate who he was allowed to write with. He said in a 2012 Songfacts interview
: "I was like, 'Screw you. I'll write with who I want to write with, when I want to do it'... These guys were outlaws and they pushed the envelope and there was a lot of flack on Music Row about them. And the American public in general had a lot of questions about their lifestyles. And I was like, 'Why don't you just forget who they are and listen to them sing.'"