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Album: Anniversary Celebration (2011)
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  • This song was penned by American footballer-turned-songwriter Mike Reid ("I Can't Make You Love Me") and by Rory Bourke, who co-wrote the #1 Charlie Rich hit "The Most Beautiful Girl." Randy Travis said he was hooked the minute he first heard it. "I remember the first time I heard him (Reid) doing the demo, which was more like a record," he recalled. "I remember listening to it, and wanting to record it right then and there. I went back and listened to it over and over, I don't know how many times. His writing is just that good."
  • The song pairs Travis with the Eagles' Don Henley, who happened to be in the same studio as Travis. "Don was down the hall," he recalled. "I had never met him, so we talked for a minute. My producer, Kyle Lehning, and the guys from the label said 'Let's get him to sing on it,' and he said he would, but what says a lot about his character was that he said he would sing on the record, but he wouldn't sing any lead parts, just the harmony."
  • The lyrics are especially meaningful to Travis. "It made me look at myself," he admitted. "I've been guilty in years' past of doing so much work, and not taking any time to spend around the people that I love. I also have watched other people do the same thing. So, those emotions came through. The first time I heard it, I teared up, to be honest with you."

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