Speaking to Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters Association International, Powell recalled the story of the song (Source The Tennessean
Kip and I actually went over to Marcus'. He was sitting down and was kind of fooling around (on the guitar). And he played basically the whole first verse of this song. He goes, "I've got this idea: 'I used to chase this boy from school, call him freckle face.'" He had all of that.
Marcus is a classic writer in the fact that he isn't sure anything he does is good unless it's confirmed. He plays us what turns out to be 90 percent of that first verse and he goes, 'But I don't know. What have you guys got? I'm not sure if that's any good.' Kip and I are going, 'Oh no, wait a minute! Let's not get in a hurry here.' It was just this fantastic thing.
So we convinced him and really, of course, (it) laid out well for one of those sort of classic, three-vignette country songs. We wound up writing and writing, and we sort of got stuck on how to bring it home. It was one of those moments of inspiration that came to me when we were sitting there and I went, 'Guys, one of these days, I'm gonna love me. Me!'
As soon as that happened the rest of it just fell out. One of the classic story, different story, different story, apply the story to me. I'm actually really proud of how we did that."