The title track of Dead Set on Living tells of a friend of vocalist Liam Cormier, who found himself in hospital with the realization that if he didn't change up his life he was going to die. The experience of his buddy affected Cormier and influenced his writing for the album. He explained to Terrorizer magazine: "'The Void' is a reaction to the whole D.S.O.L thing, it's like when bad events happen, it's easy to get sucked into just looking at yourself and looking at the negative side of things and being consumed with that and where that's your only thought. So that's kinda why I put that next to 'D.S.O.L' as well, because those two songs kinda play into each other."
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" was not written for the movie, but for Rick Hanson, a wheelchair athlete whose 1985 "Man In Motion" tour logged 24,856 miles on his wheelchair in 34 countries while raising $26 million for spinal cord research.