This poignant climax to Welsh singer-songwriter Jodie Marie's debut album was penned by the singer with album collaborator Ed Harcourt after the latter had heard the news that his friend Mark Linkous from Sparklehorse had taken his own life. Marie recalled to UK music magazine Mojo: "Ed and Mark Linkous from Sparklehouse were great friends. I turned up at the studio the morning after Ed had found out that Mark had passed away and he was obviously upset. I suggested giving him some space but he said he'd rather try and write something. We wanted to write something that was sad but beautiful."
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.