Nothing More lead singer Jonny Hawkins drew inspiration for much of the Stories We Tell Ourselves
album from a relationship that was crumbling as they were writing it. The acoustic, reflective "Just Say When
" finds him taking it on with sensitivity and understanding, but "Go To War" attacks it with raw emotion.
In a Songfacts interview with Hawkins
, he said: "That one was written before 'Just Say When,' and that one was also a 'relational' song - it seems like things really turn toxic when love turns into politics. That's the metaphor we were going with, with the whole 'Go to War.'
It really was a full-out switch and change in the state of mind towards someone, and towards the relationship, where everything becomes a threat, everything becomes an offense, everything is worth attacking. So, that song was really just about venting that feeling. If you've ever been with someone in the depths of the politics of love, it's that kind of thing."