Detroit born musician Holly Miranda was raised between Michigan and Tennessee. She started playing solo in New York's East Village at the age of 16 and in the fall of 2003, Miranda teamed up with keyboardist Alex Lipsen, to form the alternative rock band The Jealous Girlfriends. They released two albums with some success but she continued playing on her own as well. The Magician's Private Library is her first solo album, which came out on February 23, 2010. TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, with whom she's been friendly with for several years, produced the record.
Miranda explained to The Sun February 19, 2010 about this song: "that track's about a time in my life when I was battling with fibromyalgia. It got really bad for a while and it hurt too bad to play the guitar, which caused me to get pretty depressed." Fibromyalgia is a chronic, disabling disorder characterized by acute joint pain, fatigue and a number of other symptoms.