The song was written towards the end of the recording of the Why Not Me
album. "I knew we needed one more uptempo tune for the album," Maher recalled to Songwriter Universe
. "So I called up Harlan Howard and asked if we could get together to write a song that weekend."
"On Sunday we got together at Harlan's house, and Sonny Throckmorton also came over to write with us," he continued. "Sonny and I worked on the melody and Harlan worked on the lyrics. Harlan said 'Why Not Me' wasn't a great title, so the rest of the song had to be killer. We finished the song in one day."