This was released as the first single from American alternative rock band Angels & Airwaves' fourth album Love: Part Two. The song was premiered following the release of the band's Love feature film on August 10, 2011, which includes music from the record.
The song finds frontman Tom Delonge singing about being "a passenger," referencing a well-known description of our planet - "We're all just passengers on planet earth." He explained the song's meaning to Spinner: "They call it 'the quickening,' as you get older and as the world speeds up. It seems like the earth rotates much faster and days go by and you realize that you've been stuck in a specific job or a specific situation and you've missed out a lot of your life. You start to get a lot of anxiety, because you want to do something different. You think you're capable of so much more but just along for the ride. And that's really what the song's about."
The Mark Eaton and Will Eubank directed high-tech video was filmed at the state-of-the-art Sky Church venue at Seattle's Experience Music Project Museum, which boasts the world's largest indoor video screen.