The song, written by Jackson, depicts the sweet love story between him and his wife, Denise. The lyrics take the listener through all their stages of love, from the first time they meet, getting married, raising a family, and “remembering when” all of these milestones in their relationship occurred.
Critics praised the heartfelt and emotional song from the beginning, with Billboard noting that the single was one of the most well-written country songs of the time.
While the song carries significant weight for Jackson and his marriage, the lyrics are also relatable for many other couples, and it is one of Jackson’s singles that connects him heavily to his audience.
Reflecting on the lyrics, Jackson said:
“Denise and I met as kids, and all that’s true. Most of that is just reflections of our life and some of it looking again.”
But I’ve had many comments saying, ‘Hey, that’s one of my favorite songs,’ or ‘That’s our song.’ I have so many couples come up and say, ‘That’s our song,’ and all of that stuff.
And how many times everybody said, ‘Remember When?’ You know?
‘Remember when we did this? Remember when we did that?’
So again, it connected with a certain audience, I guess.”