When they finished writing this song, Bill Anderson said that it had been a while since he wrote a "teenage tragedy song" like this one. He then explained to the Sugarland duo that songs like "Last Kiss
" and "Leader of the Pack
," which have tragic storylines, were popular in the '60s. "He gave us historical perspective for the song we were just writing," Kristian Bush told us
. "Of course I glommed onto that like it was candy. I was like, Okay, yes. I will uphold that and I will make the music sound like that. So when you hear the song, it's supposed to be what those old songs were with the longing and the mourning of the girl that had lost her love in a car wreck."