Much of Fork In the Road was inspired by Young's involvement with the LincVolt project, in which Young and his partner, biodiesel pioneer Jonathan Goodwin, retrofitted the singer's own 1959 Lincoln Continental with an experimental electric engine. This garage rocker is an ode to Goodwin, known as the "motorhead messiah," who told Rolling Stone that he has little interest in his partner's other career. He said: "For the first month I thought he was Neil Diamond. I guess he is another singer. My wife told me 'That's Neil Young. He sings the older songs.' To this day I've never listened to any of his music."
This song was debuted via video ahead of the album's release. The video featured Neil singing and air-guitaring while taking the LincVolt for a test drive.