Madison McFerrin, the daughter of Bobby McFerrin, released this song on her debut EP, Finding Foundations: Vol I
. "You don't have time to lose wasting on people that don't deserve your time," she told Songfacts
regarding its meaning. "I've experienced that a lot."
McFerrin added, "'No Time to Lose' isn't written about anybody in particular because, at the moment, I am in a very loving, committed relationship. But it was definitely something I've experienced in the past many times. Not just in relationships, but former friends. 'I'm doing my own thing now, and I'm not going to waste my time on you.'"