Thicke explained the song's meaning to VH1: "Nobody has really ever gotten in my way except myself," he said. "I don't think anyone can get in your way except you, because if somebody does, you just make a right turn and go your own way. I've always struggled with that type of self-confidence, but this song and a lot of other songs I have written have helped me get through those periods in my life."
"Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks was written by two Nashville songwriters after a meal in a local restaurant. One of them forgot his money, but said not to worry, "I have friends in low places. I know the cook."
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.