The first single from Mumford & Sons' second album Babel is a rollicking stomp that finds Marcus Mumford singing about the challenges of maintaining a relationship amidst the conflicts of life on the road. It is one of several tracks on the set inspired by the band's busy touring schedule. "We write on the road in these hectic places with lots of people around," Mumford explained to MTV News. "And I suppose we've always put in ideas that we pick up from conversations with people, and things that we read and things that we listen to and feel."
The rousing Bluegrass tune is lushly arrayed with horns, bright banjo, stomping drums and fiddle. It reflects the influence of the Nashville sessions the band took part in during early 2011 in a farmhouse when, as Marcus Mumford told MTV News, they "had some friends who are musicians come play with us."
Mumford & Sons performed this song at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where Babel won for Album Of The Year.
The song presented a huge challenge for the band and producer Markus Dravs to wrestle it into a shape that they were happy with. Marcus Munford recalled to the BBC:
"I remember Markus Dravs sitting on the end of my bed in a residential studio in Paris going, 'Come on, mate, just come on!' And I was like, 'No, no, no. I can't do it again!' But we kept going and kept going and eventually got there."