Walsh penned the cut with Tommy Lee James
. It was the late Barbara Orbison who hooked Walsh up with the Nashville songwriter. He explained to Billboard
magazine: "Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison's wife, took care of his publishing and had an office in Nashville where a bunch of writers worked. A lot of what comes out of Nashville is because of this group of people. Barbara Orbison sent a guy named Tommy Lee James out to Los Angeles to work with me, and he brought the beginnings of 'Lucky That Way,' which I immediately loved. So we co-wrote it, and we went ahead and wrote three other songs on the album."