The Cover Drive quartet collaborated with Miami-based reggae producer Supa Dups on this cut. Lead singer Amanda Reifer told The Sun: "This song is about that place you reach when you love someone but it's not quite working out. You know when you feel you can't go on if the person is not a part of your life? It's not a cool place but great inspiration for a song."
Eddie Vedder often changes the words when he sings "Yellow Ledbetter." The basic story is about a guy whose brother dies in the first Gulf War. Apparently, bad news in the army is given in yellow envelopes.