This track debuted on September 15, 2009 on American R&B and soul artist Alicia Keys' YouTube channel. It was the first offering to be heard from the singer-songwriter's fourth studio album.
In this song Keys longs for a missing love. She said of the track to MTV News: "The sound of it is very different - it almost feels like you're flying. It takes you there. It has that piano, heavy-drum feeling. But the song touches you in this way. You dream of having all these things, you dream of going all these places. But what's the point of doing that, having that, if the one you want to be there isn't with you? Even though that sounds like a heavy feeling, the sound of it, it makes you feel inspired. To find where you're going and be there with the people that you love - what else is life, really?"
The song "Sadeness" by Enigma (the one with the chanting monks), got its name from the French novelist Marquis de Sade, who believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable - thus the word "sadism."