Rimes wrote this song with her producer, Darrell Brown, and the songwriter Dan Wilson
, best known as lead singer of Semisonic and co-writer of Adele's hit "Someone Like You
." He wrote about the song in a book to accompany his 2017 album Re-Covered
, on which he recorded a new version: "We got together at LeAnn's place. She has a piano in her living room and some comfortable chairs and couches. I brought my guitar. That's all you'd ever need. We had a very funny and also poignant conversation before we started writing.
LeAnn had began her career at a very young age and had grown into full-fledged pop stardom with grace. But now she was dealing with a lot of public controversy around her recent divorce and remarriage, and the collision of public life and private love is not easy. Lyrically, I like to go for the sore spot in a songwriting session. So it seemed like we had our subject matter. But then LeAnn said something really sweet and beautiful about kids. She was talking about her stepkids and saying, 'I can't think of them as mine, only borrowed.' Almost as if they're on loan from God or nature. That idea really struck me: you don't own people in your life, you're just borrowing them. It's a temporary arrangement."