On this song Adam Young aka Owl City sings that he has, "found a new hope from above." He explained to Relevant Magazine that this is a spiritual reference. Said Young: "I cling dearly to the hope and joy that is found in Jesus Christ. My faith is a big part of who I am and why I make music. All I have belongs to Him."
This features guest vocals by Relient K singer Matt Thiessen.
Young explained to Female First: "Tidal Wave is about running hard and racing for the prize with both eyes locked on the finish line so that one day, the words 'Well done, good and faithful servant' might be heard."