OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder had the idea for this tune while working with Beyoncé on her follow-up to 2011's 4
. One morning while Tedder was prepping for his studio time with Bey, he came across a little known folk song that he fell in love with. Wanting to write his own version of the tune, Tedder tried to reach out to the original writer to see if he would collaborate with him. "He was like, 'I don't know about that,' and it was aloof enough that I was like, 'Oh screw it,'" Tedder explained to Radio.com
Tedder finally did his own interpretation, which took on a more soulful, gospel sound than the original. "It kept the spirit of what I was looking for the whole time," he said.