The song was written by Rhett Akins ("Honey Bee
," "Star of the Show
") and Marv Green ("Wasted
," "Shotgun Rider
"). Akins is often hard to find during the hunting season and it was he who brought the idea to the table.
"The song is basically about me," he told Billboard
magazine. "I do go missing a lot. People text me. They finally start sending me direct messages, wanting to know if I'm still alive: 'Dude, where are you?' I'm usually gone off hunting somewhere, and my phone died because it's so cold, or I just don't have any service."
Akins actually came up with the concept after a friend went AWOL for an extended period. "He finally answered the phone, and I was like, 'Dude, did you go missing?'" said the songwriter. "He said something to the effect of missing was his favorite place to be. I don't know if he said it exactly like we wrote it, but that's where I got the idea."