The song title refers to Mraz's grandfather, Frank Mraz, who moved from Austria-Hungary to the United States in 1915, where he earned a living by his hands. Mraz snr had a sign over his workshop that said 'Frank D. Fixer, which was used as a geographical location in his hometown of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Jason Mraz told Billboard magazine regarding his grandpa: "People would say, 'Well I live two miles past Frank D. Fixer' or 'Take a left at Frank D. Fixer' and he fixed farm equipment and appliances, and grew his own food or would fix farm equipment in exchange for food from that farmer. And I feel we're back in an age celebrating the do it yourself-er, where reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, repurpose, all those things are as important now as ever and it takes the skills to fix things that will keep us from over consuming to a point where our desires overshadows our needs. I wanted to tribute a man like Frank D. Fixer. By doing so I get to take on his qualities, his strengths become my own."