The Australian singer-songwriter wrote the tune in early 2013 when he was living in Los Angeles trying to record his debut album, which he ultimately decided not to release. In his Songfacts interview
, Matt Corby spoke about the strange encounter he had with the City of Angels. "I had a weird, isolating experience in LA leading up to that moment," he said. "I hadn't left my apartment for a couple of days. I was running out of food. But for some reason, I was just freaked out about going outside. It was weird.
LA is an intense city. I was probably a bit too sensitive. I didn't have any friends so I was keeping pretty low key. I just whipped myself up into a bit of an emotional frenzy.
You know when you can just be alone and all of a sudden everything's different? You're just depressed and it's like, 'Whoa! What the hell is going on?' Out of that moment, I was questioning everything. 'Why am I so anxious? What's my problem here?' I guess the song came out of that."