The title of Dave Matthews Band's eighth album comes from a line in this song: "Sitting in a box. Away from the world out there." According to Matthews, it relates to the idea that we are born and die alone and that "our body is our box."
Matthews told Rolling Stone in an interview around the time of the release of Away From This World that he finds songwriting gets more difficult, the older he gets. "I'm still desperate to try and make something beautiful and not redo what I've done in the past. It's good work, but it's not easy for me," he said. "Nowadays, I have to dig a lot harder when I'm writing. I'm more critical. There's a freedom to being young that is harder to come by as time goes on. I try to justify what we do with our lives, and that question becomes more difficult to answer. And I don't have enough time to be as drug- and alcohol-soaked as I did 15 years ago."