"Generally, my way of doing things is frantically trying to think of something to write on my way to my writing appointment," confessed songwriter Tommy Lee James in a Songfacts interview
. "So I don't have to go in empty-handed. That's basically my mode of operation." In the case of this song, he'd been rooting around in his brain for a way to write a turnaround hook a-la Diane Warren ("Because You Loved Me," "Un-Break My Heart
"), and came up with the idea literally 5 minutes before his hand hit the door to the writing studio. "In Nashville, we're always looking for the way to turn a song around. But I don't do that much, I pretty much write really straight hooks."