This is a track from The Ride, a record which Nelly Furtado refers to as her "hangover album." She explained to Billboard magazine: "The party was fun, but then you crash on the ground and wake up the next day and feel kind of cool, but have stuff to deal with. That's what all the songs are about."
Furtado added this song is about "where you're looking for this perfect land and that breaks down. It's like, how are we going to break down the materialism and break into love?"
Nelly Furtado wrote the song near the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa. She explained to GQ: "I was inspired by some of the architecture and I was really thinking about this concept of façades: the façade versus what lies beneath. And this idea that palaces are supposed to create change and so you're building palaces around a problem. Even a body: If your body is not structurally sound, you can't just build muscle around it and not expect yourself to still feel sore."