In the gospel song Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
, the chariot represents the divine vehicle that will take the singer to a better place. Gavin DeGraw's chariot is what he described as "a metaphorical vehicle for getting to a place in your mind that is more broken down and laid back." DeGraw wrote the song when he made the big move to New York City, where he pursued his music career. He grew up in the Catskill Mountains region and attended both Ithaca College and Berklee College of Music before abandoning academics and doing the struggling musician thing. This song is where he put many of his feelings of being overwhelmed and wanting to return to a more tranquil place in his mind.