This song is based on Green's real-life experience with his wife, Kori. They originally dated in college, but Green broke up with her on Valentine's Day. He quickly realized his mistake, but had to wait two years until she agreed to go out with him again. "I had to kiss her ass for a long time on that deal, but I didn't mind," he admitted to Billboard magazine. "I think that the mistakes and the screw-ups and the atonement and the fixing, that's the good stuff in life. That's the marrow. How you come back is more important than how you got there."