Michelle Branch wrote the song with her producer, John Shanks, and with Kara DioGuardi, who would later become a judge on American Idol
. At the time, Branch had put her solo career on hold and was making music with her friend Jessica Harp in a duo called The Wreckers, which like Branch, was signed to Maverick Records. Maverick pulled some strings to make sure Harp was on the track (she sang backup) and that it was credited to "Santana featuring Michelle Branch, The Wreckers." It was great promotion for the duo, but their album didn't come out until a year later.
In a Songfacts interview with Michelle Branch
, she said: "John called me in and he was so excited. He was like, 'I had a chance to produce a song and you're the only person who can sing it. Come in and finish it with us.'"