Frontman Jesse Leach explained the track's meaning: "This song is about finding wisdom and understanding through suffering. Oftentimes we don't realize how far we have come until we reflect back on the past. The past is a story we tell ourselves and often times that story can be difficult to recount. The burdens we carry, whether it be past mistakes or regrets, can act as a noose inhibiting our growth and progression. There comes a time when we must release the bondage of our burdens and making peace with the demons and darkness of the past. Setting the albatross of regret free and moving on in life, if you will."
Leach told TeamRock that he wrote this song specifically for the top of his vocal range. He said: "I got my voice in shape from touring and sort of hit my stride, and instead of resting on my laurels, I wanted to take it up a notch. I got comfortable with the higher register of my voice and decided to play with it a little bit. I actually sat down at a piano with my vocal teacher and learned where my range is. I'd shy just from the top note of that range where certain vowel sounds were easier to hit. Knowing your voice and your instrument is important, and I wrote this song very specifically for the top of my range."
This is a personal song for Leach. He said: "There's a reason why I reference the word 'noose' in the chorus and it refers to a time when I felt suicidal. The song is about looking back on your life, taking stock of where you are and the pain that you've experienced. But the song isn't just about me - it's a mixed message and 'noose' is the key word. The song is pretty dark if you read the lyrics with that in mind."
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