Dallas Davidson, Rob Hatch and Brett Jones recalled the writing of the song in an interview with The Boot
Davidson: "It was five years ago. We were all talking about Brett's brother who he lost in the Vietnam War. Rob and I brought up our granddads. We were all saying, 'I wish I could go see him. Once they are gone, they are gone.' I can't remember who first said it, but we all knew it was a good title. Then we started playing our guitars, and Brett already had a melody going. The lyrics just flew out. Once we had the ideas, we just painted the pictures. I really had a dog named Beau and I said, "I wish I could take him hunting one more time." We're all from small towns and being from small towns, there were fruit stands on every corner. We tried to make the characters such that everybody who hears the song can relate to it."
Hatch: "We are so excited about it. When we wrote it, Dallas and I didn't even have publishing deals yet. A lot of the places in it are real. The Flint River Bridge is where Dallas and Brett are from – they are Georgia boys. We all hard our own images to add. When we got finished with the song, Brett said, 'Boys, this is a hit.' Even about a year ago I saw him at a wedding and he said 'I'm telling you, that song is going to be a hit. It's going to have its time.' It has personally meant a lot to us that after all this time it has been found again."
Jones: "Dallas came in and said he saw a little girl on TV and she said, 'Heaven is so far away.' So then I said, 'I had a lot of people die in my life.' We started talking. My older brother was killed in Vietnam, and my little brother died in a motorcycle accident. My dad died when he was only 61. We all lost people we loved. We all started talking and the song sort of wrote itself. It magically came together. My sister can't listen to it. It makes her cry. Still, the song has an uplifting, subliminal message. The great things about songs is they don't die and they don't go away. When you have a great song, it will seem to find a way to get out there and become a hit."