Prine got help writing this song from his friend Eddie Holstein. They set out to write a song together, and Holstein suggested it be about old people, similar to another song Prine wrote called "Hello In There
." Prince didn't want to do that, but hit on the idea to write about "a middle-aged woman who feels older than she is."
"I had this really vivid picture of this woman standing over the dishwater with soap in her hands and just walking away from it all," Prine said in the book More Songwriters On Songwriting
. "I just kept that whole idea image in mind when I was writing the song, and I just let it pour out of that character's heart."