This song was originally recorded by Texas bluesman Delbert McClinton on his 2002 album, Room to Breathe. McClinton co-wrote the song with Gary Nicholson. Strait commented in publicity materials citing how great the studio band sounds on the cut: "It was a fun song to do and we did it in one take. That says a lot for just how much everybody was into it. I'm a Delbert fan, and I hope he likes it. He's one of our Texas treasures."
Kacey Musgraves originally offered "Follow Your Arrow" to her friend Katy Perry. However, Perry thought Musgraves should record the song herself as it seemed, "like something that you would totally say."
It has long been speculated that the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun" came from the name of a sculpture in Seattle, but according to their frontman Chris Cornell the title came from a phrase he misheard on the news. The band's name did come from a sculpture.