The title track of Lindsey Buckingham's sixth solo album is about the notion that things will happen to you good or bad, according to the choices you make. He explained to Spinner: "You could probably say that we are all to some degree the sum total of the choices we've made, and that we are living in a world where people seem to make choices that are based on only what's right in front of them, and only the sense of what feeds their own need or their own ego in that particular moment. Every time you put something out there - an energy or a choice for the good or for the ill - you're sowing a seed of some kind, and in a karmic way, it's gonna come back."
The song title comes from the letter of Galatians 6 v7 in the New Testament, in which Paul writes, "A man reaps what he sows" to indicate every action breeds consequences. Paul is warning the Galatians that choices based purely on following ones desires will reap a crop of sorrow and evil whilst good, unselfish choices will result in joy and eternal life.