Nate Ruess told Rolling Stone
the background to this song. "[When I wrote it] I might have just been upset about people writing songs about being wronged," he said. "I think it was about myself being upset."
"I started writing that song with my bass player. I started writing that chorus, and at the time I was also listening to a s--t ton of [Mott the Hoople's] 'All The Young Dudes
,'" he continued. "I always had wanted to do my own version of 'All the Young Dudes,' and I don't know what compelled me to sing, 'We've all got scars,' but I might have just been singing to myself like, 'Get over it, dude. We've all been wronged before.'"