Kelly Clarkson had some high-profile songwriters working on her Stronger
album. This song was written by a trio of Nashville writers: Robert Marvin, Tom Shapiro and Catt Gravitt. The song finds Clarkson pleading for brutal honestly, as she's rather hear the truth from her lover than empty appeasement.
In our interview with Catt Gravitt
, she explained: "I wrote that for a friend that was in such deep pain. That was from an observer's standpoint, that I just needed to get that lyric out of me, not thinking that anyone would be interested in it."