Jack Johnson explained to the Sun
newspaper January 25, 2008 that he originally wrote and recorded "Angel" as a Christmas present for his wife Kim: "She likes the song. What keeps me writing love songs is her reaction to them when I play them to her. It always feels so nice to express how in love you are with someone. She wasn't precious that I put it on a record. One song 'Bubble Toes
' was pretty personal. It was a nickname I had for her but I wrote that before I ever thought I was going to sell so many records.
My editing process is better about what I do or don't put on a record. There were little things like the time on our last record when I talked about locking my bike to her. Little stories like that get people asking about our personal life so it is a little tricky. But, at the same time, I've never shared anything that I wouldn't want to share. We're not letting people in to our world to the point of giving out things that are embarrassing or that would embarrass her. I guess that would be a kind of rude thing to do for me."