American Pop-Rock singer-songwriter Jason Mraz decided to base his fourth album, Love Is a Four Letter Word, around the theme of love. However, he found the fundamentals of making "an album about love" took some time and hard work. "I thought it would be pretty easy as a songwriter to always write through a filter of love," Mraz told Jam! Music. "But the challenges at first were trying to write songs about love from the heart that weren't cheesy. What I learned quickly was that when a song was cheesy, it usually just came from the mind. It usually came from the craft of songwriting which anyone can do. So what I needed was experience, things that were going to rip my heart open to show me what I'm made of."
Mraz explained this song's meaning to Billboard magazine: "I try to keep my music gender neutral, but this is obvious, its called 'The Woman I Love,' but I'd like to dedicate to the men in the relationships because every so often the woman forgets her own greatness and she goes a little bat sh-- crazy sometimes. So its up to the other half to love that person back into the person we know them to be. That's basically what this song's about."
Mraz told Reuters that his inspiration for Love Is a Four Letter Word came from a piece of artwork, which features rectangles, circles, triangles and squares placed alongside each other to form the word 'love.' "If I can choose to see love in this image," he said, "then I could also choose to see love in someone else or the world around me or even in the mirror, and it was this 'Aha' moment that love is a choice that we make, and I wanted to explore that."