The song was written by Kenny Chesney with Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally during a writing trip to the US Virgin Island of St. John. Osborne recalled to Taste of Country
how Chesney proposed the song during the flight. "Kenny mentioned he wanted to write a song called 'Wild Child' that he thought would be this awesome idea of writing a different way about women. More about their spirit, not just how they look," he recalled.
The trio got the ball rolling on the song during the second morning of their trip. "I had my guitar and started messing with those chord changes, just trying to give it something interesting," Osborne continued. "We were just trying to color up the music a little bit, and Shane kinda fell onto that rhyming pattern of 'Wild child, got a rebel soul with a whole lot of gypsy. Wild style,' changing that second word so much and making 'wild' a big lyrical part of that. So we had kinda worked on that chorus for a half hour, hour or something like that, and had some pieces of it, and then went over."
"We played him what we had, and he loved it, and just jumped right in with both feet," he added. "He's a really, really good songwriter. He jumped right in and was really coloring up those verses, and the second he started singing the chorus, it just instantly sounded like a Kenny Chesney song. And then we thought, 'This might be something special.'"
"He recorded the song probably a week later. It was awesome," Osborne concluded. "We got to go into the studio for that and watch his process with Buddy Cannon. It was really a cool moment."