This song depicts a man who is tempted by another woman. He makes a mental list of pros and cons: On the one hand, he could have a little fun and probably get away with it. But on the other hand is his wedding band, and that's reason enough to stay true.
The song was written by the Nashville writers Paul Overstreet
and Don Schlitz, who were trying to write a different song - one called "Greedy Heart" - when they got the idea for this one. "It was the idea that when you have one woman, you shouldn't be looking for another one," Overstreet recalled to Country Weekly
. "I personally was tired of that whole scenario of going from one relationship to another, and not having the strength to really say no in tempting situations. I was hoping we could write a song that would say we had the strength to say no."
"So right in the middle of that song, we kind of bantered some lines back and forth and Don said 'but on the other hand,' and I said, 'there's a golden band,'" he continued. "From that point, we looked at each other and kind of got that glitter in our eyes, and finished it real quick. Then we went to lunch."