Frontman Dave King explained the song's meaning to Alternative Press magazine: "It doesn't necessary mean, 'Let's all get together and have a huge, big revolution.' It's about changing yourself from within. I know a few people who, in the economic downturn, have lost their jobs and started doing something completely different. They've tried opening a restaurant or opening a petting zoo.
It's about the worst of times and getting through that and rising above it. Sometimes it takes a tragedy for something good to come out of it. It's a positive-energy kind of thing. I want to project a positive energy. I think no matter what you write about, you have to convey an element of hope."
Ronnie Van Zant wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme Three Steps" after making the mistake of dancing with a girl whose boyfriend was in the bar and probably had a gun. He asked for a 3-step head start.