Frank Ocean originally wrote this ballad for Roc Nation artist and Jay-Z back up singer Bridget Kelly's debut studio album. After a reference track by Ocean was leaked on the internet on July 28, 2011, Kelly's version was retitled "Thinking About Forever."
Ocean then filmed a High5Collective music video for the song, which was released on September 15, 2011, whilst Kelly's rendition ended up on her Every Girl EP.
On March 8, 2012 a re-mastered version of the song by Ocean, slightly different from the original was leaked, which was later released as a single.
The song finds Ocean pondering about his girl as he drives to see her after receiving a text message. "I guess I'm just inspired to tell stories," Ocean told BBC News about his writing process. "You gotta make sure the listener is listening to you, so if you put it into a song, often times, if the song is striking enough, then you can really deliver the story most effectively while keeping the ear of the listener the whole time. I guess it all starts with the stories for me."
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.