Though the song's lyrics technically refer to a heartsick man who's flying back home on a 747 to see his wife, they also double as a metaphor for the group itself. Charles Kelley explained that after a series of chart-topping records, Lady Antebellum is ready to pull up the wheels and climb even higher. "747 is a snapshot of where we are as a band," he said . "It's us wanting to solidify our place - to stay at the top of our game, for lack of a better way of saying it."
"You know, when you start playing these arenas and these amphitheaters, and the fans are gravitating toward this music, it's a drug," Kelley added. "You want it. You want to stay there. As a band, we're ready."