David Williams wrote this with Marvin Etzioni from the band Lone Justice. Marvin Etzioni told us
in a 2013 interview that "writing the song was like a magical moment." He recalled: "David, his brother Andrew and I, we were all writing songs for their [The Williams Brothers] second record. And so David said, 'Hey, why don't you just stay over tonight.' He was house-sitting. And I said, 'Great.' And so I stayed over and in the morning he said, 'Hey, I've got an idea for something.' He played me the opening line and the piano chords to what started the song. And I said, 'Hold on a second.' And I literally just wrote on a piece of paper the lyrics. And I said, "Hey, I think I've got something. It's called 'Can't Cry Hard Enough.'" He goes, 'Okay, that sounds good.' And so I said, 'You play and I'll sing what I've written, and then we'll kind of piece it together." And really it just kind of fell into the room. That was it."
Andrew and Victoria Williams showed up about an hour later and Etzioni and David Williams told them they'd written this new song. Etzioni recalled that after playing it to them, "they were like, You mean if we were here an hour earlier we would have been co-writers? I guess so. But it's done. So that was it. It was kind of a gift, really."