Milky Chance is a pop-rock duo comprising vocalist Clemens Rehbein and DJ Philipp Dausch. Both originate from the German town of Kassel and are signed to Kassel-based label Lichtdicht Records in their home country.
This along with the other songs on Sadnecessary this one was recorded and mixed by the pair in a home studio. Released on April 5, 2013 as Milky Chance's debut single, the folk/pop/electronic mélange peaked at #2 in their home country and quickly became a European hit, topping the chart in Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland and Switzerland. It took a little to catch on in America: the song didn't reach its US chart peak of #39 until 21 months after it was first released.
In this song Milky Chance use an addict who is craving drugs to fuel his habit as a metaphor for someone missing their former lover. Clemens Rehbein explained to Artist Direct
: "You want to spend time with a person but you can't because of some bad circumstances. It describes a feeling you have and expressing the aching for that person and perhaps the hope to see her again. You're hoping for good things."
Rehbein told Nylon magazine the story of the song: "I wrote the chorus two or three years ago, and then the verse a few years later," he said. "The whole song took a few years. I always have so many ideas in my head and so I'm always trying to find pieces to fit together and stick together. It's kind of puzzling, and that's the special thing about it. In general it takes a week or so to write a song, but sometimes you have ideas and don't know how to continue. Then you have to put them away and come back to them later, which is what I did."
The words 'stolen' and 'dancing' both appear in the song's lyrics, but separately. The title doesn't feature in the song.