Lights told Billboard magazine that the song is one of her favorites on the Little Machines album. "It feels really honest and nostalgic," she said. "'Running With the Boys' is about being a kid again, and that sort of innocence and imagination that made life so exciting."
"As an adult, you know a lot more, and in the music industry that's sometimes a little crippling when it comes to creativity," she continued. "For the creation of this album, I had to look back at that a little bit and enjoy making music again."
Lights explained during a Reddit AMA that one of her favorite childhood memories is documented in the first verse of this song.
"We had a little imaginary forest town called 'Scrawny Town' when we went to our family camp," she said. "I was vice president, the whole town was built around this tiny scrawny tree which we built a shrine around. We had a national anthem and even a latrine...(don't ask). Now if I were to go back it would just be a boring forest. Being a kid was so much more fun!"