Persson is often drawn to melancholy subjects and complicated relationship issues like abuse and abandonment, despite being happily married to husband and writing partner Nathan Larson. She explained how she stays in touch with these emotions in a Songfacts interview
: "You don't cease as a human, as a person, just because you get these institutions in your life. I feel like I can really tune into the mindset of being a mom and all these things. It's all still there. It's just that I've teamed up to become this person along the ride." Besides, she adds, what's the point of writing about happiness, "because when it's there, it's just f--king there and it's great. You don't need to comment on it hardly."