Paul Weller expanded on the song to Mojo: "It's hard to write a good love song, without it being slushy and clichéd. It's probably been said before, but we're trying to find ways of retelling the story."
"I love this one. I think the whole sound an arrangement on it makes it for me. I wrote it on the piano, and it's something that I'd been working on for at least a year."
"It's a straightforward love song, but it's got some other little abstract bits in it as well. That line, 'Time passing by, time on the wind'... That's just laziness to be honest with you (grins). I couldn't think of anything else to report. But, I mean, I could count on two hands, or maybe three hands, the amount of my songs that I think are absolutely perfect – I couldn't have done anything different, I wouldn't change a thing. 'Going My Way' is one of them."