This mid-tempo ballad finds Brown in reflective mood, as he sings about having the "weight of the world" on his shoulders after falling down. He seeks to take urgent stock of himself and wishes to become a better man. "It's good to have this way of talking about my negative situation," Brown said to The London Times December 5, 2009 of this song and others on Graffiti with a similar theme. "This is me growing and becoming a man. Should you want to, and if you really listen, you'll learn about me in a way you haven't been able to before."
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.