Akins arrived at Gorley's home with the "Longneck Way To Go" title and a storyline about a heartbroken man trying to forget his ex at his local honky tonk. "If the song was called 'I Got a Long Way To Go,' obviously, that can be anything," Akins told Billboard
. "But when you say 'longneck,' it just immediately put it in a bar for me: Some guy just sitting there pining over someone and the beer's not helping. It's like, 'The more I keep drinking, the longer it feels like I'm never going to get over this person.'"
By the time the Midland trio linked up via Zoom, Akins and Gorley had nearly completed the song. Carson, Duddy and Wystrach reworked it a little so it fit the group.