The Nashville songwriters Wil Nance and Steve Dean wrote this song - the pair also wrote the #1 George Strait Country hit "Round About Way
." When Nance came up with the song, he really did fell like a fool, as his car died and he replaced it with a Jeep Comanche that didn't have air conditioning or a working radio. In our interview with Nance
, he explained: "It was summertime and I was going to write with Steve Dean and Joe Nichols that morning. And I tell you what, when you're driving around in a little Jeep Comanche truck with no air conditioning - and we didn't have no cell phones, I didn't have an iPod, I didn't have a radio - you write songs, man!
I had two windows down, trying to get a little breeze blowing through the thing, and I was on my way over that morning and I started to sing:If it was cool to be a fool
I'd be the hippest guy around
If a heartache made you famous
I'd be known from town to town