Vocalist Brandon Boyd wrote the words for this intensely personal song while guitarist Mike Einziger penned the music. Alternative Press asked Einziger about the process for making a song when such personal subjects are involved. He replied:
"To me, the risks are what make it special. When someone can show their vulnerabilities and share them with a strong sense of honesty and sincerity, that's when music hits me.
I was actually very proud of Brandon for allowing himself to be that vulnerable in such a simple way. The ability to be connected with people that are listening to me is kind of the point of making music. I know people make music for all kinds of different reasons, but for me, music has helped me throughout every hardship I've faced my whole life and it's also been there for every celebration I've ever had. Music has always been a best friend in many ways. That's the music I connect with the most: When you can pull a concept from a song you hear into something in your own life, and it makes you feel a certain way."
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.
"I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) " borrows four bars from Notorious B.I.G's "The World Is Filled." Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls attended Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn, New York at the same time.