The song sat around for three years as Courtney couldn't come up with a satisfactory chorus. Eventually, he and his English songwriting partner Sam Bartle came up with a hook after pounding away for a week in Bartle's childhood bedroom. He told HMV
: "We drove ourselves crazy doing that one."
Bartle's childhood home is in the Cambridgeshire village of Yaxley in England. Courtney recalled to EV
that they completed the song "in the middle of nowhere, January, dark, raining sideways, in this place that I hadn't written in since I was a teenager when we first started working together."