Matt Shultz and his guitarist brother Brad had started writing “Night Running" years before they recorded Social Cues
but were struggling to complete the verses. As the band was working with Beck's father, arranger David Campbell, they had the idea of sending the track to his son who sent it back with his verses within a couple of days.
"We'd found a really great direction for the chorus but it was one of those songs where I was just stumped on the directions for the verses," Matt Shultz told NME
. "We were talking about how to finish the song and Brad was like, 'For some reason, I feel like Beck would know.'"
So Brad Schultz sent their uncompleted song to Beck and "within 24 to 48 hours he'd sent back two verses and said he had four other options."