Clint Black explained the song's meaning to Billboard magazine: "That one is really about how busy we are," he said. "From the time the alarm clock rings, we're on the move. There are very few days in the week that the alarm clock rings and you can decide if you want to hit snooze. Most of the time, that answer is no. I'm that guy in the song who is trying to tell himself to kick back some."
"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.
The line in John Mellencamp's "Cherry Bomb" that sounds like "that's when a smoke was a smoke" is actually "that's when a sport was a sport," according to the published lyric. In that sense, "sport" is an endearment for someone of good nature.