"I was painting the sunporch and thinking about how many country songs are about a guy hitting on a girl in a bar and they lived happily ever after. These lyrics came to me with the music—that rarely happens. I dropped my paint brush in a jar of water and ran upstairs to write the lyrics and the chords.
I usually continue to tweak the lyrics, sometimes long after the song's been recorded. I call it "the new shoes theory of songwriting." Shoes feel great in the store. You buy them, and wear them. They rub blisters. This song rubbed two small blisters, see bold words in Verse 2 with *
Steve Earle's song "Goodbye" is my favorite love song. I used his turn-around at the end of my song, but I added a chord to it. I hope it's okay with him. A friend called this song, "A Tribute to Steve Earle."