Wayne explained the song's title to Roughstock
: "I've been there. I didn't say I loved someone until I was a teenager, because I wasn't used to hearing it. I remember how it felt to move around so much to so many different foster homes. I mean, I went to 12 schools in two years. I chose to make the character a little girl, because it just sort of fit that she was carrying around a little stuffed elephant. When I was in the fourth grade, there was a girl across the room. She looked at me and mouthed the words, 'elephant ears.' I thought she had said, 'I love you,' and I was so incredibly excited. She laughed at me, 'Ha-ha, I said 'elephant ears!' I was so embarrassed, and I never forgot it."