OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder was raised by an extended family of missionaries and pastors. This song tells the tale of his preacher grandfather.
Tedder wrote the song in less than 15 minutes while on a plane. "[Bassist] Brent [Kutzie] did the music on that, and every now and then he'll send me something," he told Radio.com. "In ten minutes I wrote him back and said, 'I've already written it.' That was one of the last songs we finished for the album in New Orleans and we brought a four-person choir from the French Quarter."