The song is the lead single from Band Of Horses fifth album, Why Are You OK
. The record title is taken from a mistyped e-mail sent by Ben Bridwell's daughter to a teacher. He told NME
: "I remember thinking it was funny as s--t that she sent that to my kid's teacher. She was three at the time and just typed in some garbage to my wife's phone and it happened to be a reply to one of the teachers. And it's 'why are you OK' without any punctuation. I was like 'what an interesting statement or question.'"
Asked by NME
why he felt the title was right for this album Bridwell replied: "For lack of a better answer, her older sister Annabelle, I had a song for her on our third record called 'For Annabelle
'. Ivy is the second oldest and she's like 'when's my song dad?' They know barely what I do. I was like 'good question, but again I don't write like that'. I couldn't if you asked me to, but I know her time's coming. They all go into it so much - it's like 'if only I could explain to you how many lyrics you're a part of.'"