This song is about Hadley Richardson Hemingway, who was married to American author Ernest Hemingway between 1921 and 1927. Carpenter explained the inspiration for the song to Express Night Out: "This song was something I've been wanting to write, or investigate, since I was in college. That's when I first read [the Ernest Hemingway memoir] A Moveable Feast. Last summer, a new edition came out that was edited by Hemingway's second wife's grandson, and the critics' notices indicated it might be more favorable to her than the first edition. I found it to be so - it was more favorable. But what got my attention was that his first wife, Hadley, was sort of a shadowy figure in literary history and his life. I was always fascinated by her. People are aware of the story that he fell in love with her best friend and left [her]. This is a song about her life in Paris with him, before all of that happened. In A Moveable Feast he looks back to his life in Paris with Hadley, before the fame, the money, and the corruption if you will, and he always seemed to indicate that that's when he did his best work. And it's as if he lost his way and his ability to do that after that magical time was over."