On the lyrics, Campuzano says "I just got tired of hearing people looking to the past as the best times of their lives. I believe in being forward looking and living for the now and for the future. I believe in growth. If there was a theme lyrically in Shawl it was probably about growth and development. When people talk about the past they get so excited and their eyes glaze over. It is like a drug for some people, it makes them happy to think of their past, so much so that they are stuck there."
Everett said the song was an attempt to do a James Brown styled funk.