The song wasn't written as a duet. "We just wrote a folky thing," Jaren Johnston, recalled to Radio.com
of the tune. "[Big Machine Label Group President] Scott Borchetta said, 'You know it's going to be a duet, right?'" And I was like, 'Who are they going to get?' I had no idea. He's like, 'Faith's going to sing on it.' I was like, 'Score! Touchdown!'"
McGraw knew right away that it was the perfect song to record with his wife. "I got home, I walked into the house, and I said, 'Faith, you've got to hear this song,'" the singer said. "So I played her the song, and when it got to the end and it said, 'Me and you back at Mama's,' a flood of tears just came down from her eyes."
"I said, 'Not only am I going to cut, but you're going to sing it with me,'"McGraw added. "And that's how it was born, right there."