Tedder told Billboard
his lyrics are based on being a successful music artist when "everyone's world revolves around you, they operate on your timetable," He started thinking about how everyone including himself seems "so distracted all the time" yet he still yearns "to connect with somebody in a real sense."
The OneRepublic frontman added that one of his favorite lines is, "If there's so many people here, then why am I so lonely?" He explained: "That's really, for me, the human condition and human experience, and that's everything I'm writing about. The whole album is steering towards connection. It's about wanting real human connection in a meaningful way, because that's really all that matters at the end of the day."