Bruce Hornsby's unmistakable piano sets the tone for the song. The collaboration came about when "The Way It Is
" songwriter came out to Vernon's studio for a session for his Absolute Zero
record. He started playing some musical ideas; a halting piano fanfare, which he originally composed for a Spike Lee movie, made everyone jump up. Co-producer Brad Cook recalled to Apple Music
"That piano figure in that song - I feel like we were tracking 15 seconds later. It was like, 'Wait, can we listen to this again?'"