Rucker wrote this with the record producer and songwriter Frank Rogers ("I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)
"). He recalled on his record company's website: "We were talking about our lives and he had the idea of the grandpa at the top. There was a man who lived two doors down from me, his son was my friend. My father left when I was born and Mr. Campbell was there for me and taught me how to be a man. I wanted to write a song that was a tribute to him. He still lives two doors down from my sister in the house I grew up in. He's in his sixties now. He was the guy who always told us to have fun and enjoy life, but be responsible. The last verse is about my son."