In late 2012 Midlake's vocalist and chief songwriter Tom Smith announced that he was leaving the band. This song acts as a farewell. "'Provider' is about Tim, and my feelings towards him," guitarist and new singer Eric Pulido told The Independent. "It basically says to carry on, and that still I'm going to defend you and protect you. Even though I don't necessarily agree, I still love you, and support what you want to do. What I hoped was that it was a loving send-off."
Robin Thicke and his mom, Gloria Loring are the first the first ever mother-and-son to have both tallied top 10 singles on the Hot 100 as solo artists or duos. Loring reached #2 with Carl Anderson in 1986 with "Friends and Lovers" and Thicke topped the chart in 2013 with "Blurred Lines."