“The pressure either bust pipes or it makes diamonds, no matter how high up the mountain, I stay climbing”
The road is long.
This metaphoric road can be anything.
It can be the road to greatness. The road to success. The road to sobriety. The road to happiness.
They all have the same result: bettering a person’s life.
At times it will feel like your effort is making minimal progression, while in other times it might feel like you just took a huge step toward your end goal. That’s the road. It’s unpredictable. There are obstacles that seem to pop up at random to stall your progression but it shouldn’t. There isn’t just one road to get to a destination. There are alternate routes.
The long road in this song can be interpreted as different things. You can make a case that the end of the second verse is about America and it’s road to becoming a better country, a theme way to familiar today.
The song shows how resilient Joe is.
He’s able to endure the long path to both happiness and musical freedom (out of his Def Jam contract). Things got tough along the way, but Joe managed to continue forward making progress with every step, eventually seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.