Arcade Fire wrote and recorded this track for the soundtrack of the movie The Hunger Games. The song plays during the closing credits of the film and the Canadian band also contributed another piece of music titled "Horn of Plenty" to the film score.
Hunger Games has a storyline of a group of children sent on an annual battle to the death, which is screened live to the rest of the planet. Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler told Entertainment Weekly how he attempted to channel the movie's strong dystopian themes. "I tried to put myself in the headspace of how excited I'd be if this film was coming out when I was 15. I still remember hearing Radiohead's 'Exit Music (for a Film' in [director Baz Luhrmann's] Romeo + Juliet when I was that age."
Butler came up with the idea of using the account in Genesis of God ordering Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac in order to test his obedience as its framework. He said: "Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film. There's something in the story of Abraham and Isaac that I think resonates with the themes in the film, like sacrificing children. So we made a weird, alternate-universe version of that, where it's as if Abraham had a daughter -- kind of a metaphor for Katniss [the protagonist]."