Vocalist Cee-Lo experienced much tragedy in his childhood. He was only two when his minister father died. When he was 16 his mom, also a minister, was badly injured in a car crash. She was paralyzed below the neck, and died two years later. The final words on this track, "I wanna thank you, friendly ghost, I wanna thank you Mom and Dad for hurting me so bad,' are a reference to his parents dying early and leaving him to get on with his life. He was driven by bereavement to make something of himself. The singer told the Observer Music Monthly March 2008: "'It's created a wonderful career, a purpose in life."