After The Guillemots second album, Red, failed to duplicate the success of their debut release, there was a certain amount of pressure regarding Walk The River. Recorded in a converted country manor in the mountains of North Wales with a reduced budget, the British indie rock quartet found themselves influenced by both their situation and location. This song, for instance, begins with the line: "Wake up, nothing is where it should be, why do these things happen to me?" Frontman Fyfe Dangerfield explained to The Independent: "It felt like someone waking up abandoned in outer space. Not in a sort of prog-concept way, but we tried to think what that would feel like – to come to and everything you know is gone, but you're certain you have a home somewhere and the only thing that keeps you going is this hope that you're somehow going to get back there."