Alex Turner told the NME that this was not originally going to be on the album: "There's a song on the album called 'Separate and Ever Deadly,' which we actually did in London after the original sessions. We thought it was going to be a B-side, but when we'd finished it we knew it had to replace this other track because we're dead excited about it. I think that's good, because if we had done it all in France it might feel like a fluke couple of weeks. It's good that we've got that one because it means hopefully we'll do more in the future."
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.