Darius Rucker, ‘Come Back Song’ — Story Behind the Lyrics
I’d written like 70-something songs, and this was the last writing session of the whole record. I had written with Casey and Chris before, and I knew they were great writers. It was the end of the day, and everybody was tired when we got there. I was probably four or five minutes late. When I got there, they started with this little melody that they liked. I remember when they played it for me, they were like, “Darius probably is not going to like that.” I was like, “I love that!” [laughs]
Chris and Casey already had “come back song” before I got there, so we were writing it from that perspective of that being the title. I remember writing the line “you’re on the feel good side of leaving.” That sticks out to me so much. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anybody say it that way before. When there’s a break up and you’re hurting over it, there’s always that point where it’s OK. I always thought that was a great way of describing it: “you’re on the feel good side of leaving.” I always thought that was really cool.
It was a pretty smooth writing session in general. I like writing with Casey and Chris. Chris has got those R&B melodies that are always so cool. It was one of those songs that really wasn’t hard to write. We enjoyed it, and it was smooth sailing all the way.