The second single from Anberlin's Never Take Friendship Personal
album, this was inspired by the death of guitarist Joey Milligan's sister due to cancer. Frontman Stephen Christian
explained during an interview with the Artisan News Service: "Right at the time the album was being written, the guitarist Joey Milligan, his sister had passed away from cancer, and she was very young. She was only 29 years old, she had a one-and-a-half year old son and it really, really, just affected the band. It felt like a giant weight was placed on our chest the entire time we were recording."
Christian added that he brought in powerful experiences of his own. "So, while I was writing that song, the memory of my Grandmother and also the circumstances that were surrounding us in the studio really made it almost a necessity to write a song getting that off our chests and really showing the listener what we were going through," he said. "So, out of that was derived the song, 'The Paperthin Hymn.'"