Dallas Green's decision to quit as the singer in the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire in order to focus on his increasingly popular acoustic work under the moniker of City and Colour precipitated the group's breakup in 2011. Green writes about the inner conflict he felt before leaving Alexisonfire on this break-up tune "I wrote that song in the thick of the decision," he told The Huffington Post
, "on the last Alexis tour that we did in the States, on a day I had off, somewhere else, by myself. I actually wanted it to be on [2011's] Little Hell
, but it was just not working, musically I was wrestling with it. So I gave up on that song. I made the record, I got through all the drama of the band breaking up, and all of a sudden one day I went down to my basement and changed the rhythm and it just turned into this beautiful song that it is now. It seemed so effortless. When I look back I think it's because I wasn't ready to tell everyone, you know? Because when I was writing that song, I knew I had left the band, but nobody else knew. I'm pretty sure that's what it was, my subconscious saying no."