New Found Glory frontman Chad Gilbert told MTV News the story behind this song. "At the beginning of the year me and my girlfriend had this sort of split we didn't tell anyone about, and that's when we started writing that song," he said. "We've been together almost six years now, and we just hit this sort of tough patch in our relationship, and we took a month and a half apart. It was a great thing to do because it brought us back even stronger. That's sort of what that song is about."
"Every relationship is different, but I feel like a lot of times people might run away instead of digging through them," Gilbert continued. "No matter what, you're always going to run into a struggle. We ran into that. Again, not to sound corny to promote my record, but it was sort of a resurrection in our relationship. Until you feel apart from someone you really don't know what it's worth. Now we're closer and stronger, and that's what 'Persistent' is about. The title says it all."