This breakup song points out the irony that losing his love will free the singer up for many things, but that none of them will bring much solace. It was written by Randy Goodrum, who also wrote "You Needed Me" and "Oh Sherrie." In our interview with Randy Goodrum
, he told us: "It's a premise. I don't really relate to that personally in my life. I mean, 'Bluer Than Blue,' when I wrote that I'd never been left by anybody. Here's a way to imagine it: You know when you were a kid, and you'd go to a movie, and you'd see some guy, some hero or something, like if you saw The Great Escape
with Steve McQueen, or saw Paul Newman in The Hustler
. For 15 or 20 minutes after you left the theater, you kind of felt like that guy. You know, 'Yeah, I could do that. I can go learn pool.' So you feel a piece of that character that you've taken on, whether you know it or not, and you can develop that. And you know you've really done it well when you're just emotionally drained at the end of the experience, because you've really reached in and you've transferred some emotion from another part of yourself, and put a different set of clothes on it. Still drawing from your emotional gas tank, but you've just got a different face on it."