This is the lead single from My Wild West, an album inspired by Lissie's return to the Midwest after living in California for over a decade. The record focuses on the struggles she faced while out west.
Lissie said regarding the song, "California and the West Coast weren't problematic and I certainly didn't struggle. Like any life phase, they had their ups & downs, beautiful and challenging moments. Rather, I felt empowered that I could leave and get out, take off, demand a new adventure from life!"
"The song is a plea to God or to a person or to whomever to hang in there with me while I figure it out! There's a line in the song 'I left you on the coast for something only I can see' and that's just it. I have a personal vision and it may be hard for others to understand at times but I have to follow it!"
In a 2019 interview with Songfacts, Lissie said the line, "What kind of world will there be when I wake up from this dream," was inspired by Haruki Murakami's dystopian trilogy 1Q84, which she was reading at the time.
Lissie included a new version of this on her 2019 compilation, When I'm Alone: The Piano Retrospective.