"Forever Blue" was inspired by a letter Isaak had planned to send an ex-girlfriend. Isaak told Star Bulletin: "I wrote that letter 10 times that day and still didn't send it because it wasn't right. Then I picked up my guitar and wrote it to her in song. When I got done I felt that everything had fallen into place what I couldn't say in a letter." Issak added, "This song started as a letter to my ex. I hope she hears it someday."
Isaak told Oxford American Magazine he thinks the song would make a good cover song: "It has pretty lyrics and the melody is easy to sing. It would be good for a soul singer or a country singer."
The line: "You did your best, life did the rest" came from Isaak's brother.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.