Originally, Don Williams came to Nashville to pursue songwriting as a career. He harbored doubts about his own voice as a commercial vehicle, and likewise, he was reluctant to play the “star” game. However, after accepting his role as a recording artist, Williams’ songwriting gradually went on the backburner, until at one point in the mid-1980s, he went two years without writing anything.
During that period, Don’s records were selling like hotcakes. The lion’s share of Music City songwriters were offering him more than enough material to record, do he didn’t feel the need to spend much time writing, especially after coming off the road from a long concert tour.