Jimi Goodwin co-wrote the lyrics for this campfire folk tune with his friend, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey. Goodwin explained to Under The Radar magazine: "He was demoing some ideas in Real World Studios in Bath, England, and because I was in that part of the world recording as well we finally made good on our long-standing promise to collaborate. I had the backing track, the chorus refrain, and the first verse of 'Hope,' and together we just brainstormed."
"I nipped to the shop to buy some writing supplies - coffee and cigarettes, essential - and when I got back, Guy had written the second verse," Goodwin continued. "Sweet! A slice of dreamlike folk. A gaggle of good friends are on backing vocals."