In July of 2010, Darius Rucker released "Come Back Song," co-written by himself, Casey Beathard and Chris Stapleton, as the first single from Charleston, SC 1966, his second country album. Following its debut, the tune became Rucker's fourth country No. 1 and his fourth gold-certified song. Below, the artist tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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 breakup, and you're hurting over it, there's always that point where it's okay. 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.

This story was originally written by Alanna Conaway, and revised by Angela Stefano.

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