Even when she's writing about someone else, Williams has to relate to the characters in her songs. "I have to know what it's like or I don't think I can write about it," she told No Depression
, "But with this song, it was a little harder to place herself in a soldier's combat boots." She added: "Of course, when I wrote 'Soldier's Song,' I don't know what it's like to be over there, you know. God, I can't even imagine... I mean, I try to imagine what it might be like, but for me, I try to imagine what it's like to be the wife of the guy over there, or the girlfriend. You know, missing that other person.
I got the idea for that song and the whole concept from two people at opposite sides of the world. He's thinking about her and thinking of what she might be doing at any given moment of the day. Kind of like that."