Musically, "Never Had To Go" is a joyful romp from the eight-piece roots band Dustbowl Revival, but lyrically it's rather sad, with lead singer Liz Beebe admitting guilt for cheating on her man with a guy named Bobby, and wondering what could have been if she didn't make that mistake.
Zach Lupetin wrote the song in Michigan before moving to Los Angeles and forming the band in 2007. In a Songfacts interview with Lupetin
, he said: "I like taking kernels of truth from my past - being cheated on, etcetera, and twisting it around a bit. In this case Bobby was a one-night-stand that our lady singer is saying didn't mean anything, but it did. We've all made mistakes - it's how we proceed after that is interesting."