This song is the story of Passenger, aka Mike Rosenberg's, paternal grandparents, who were Jews living in France during World War II. They fled to Switzerland and stayed there in a refugee camp. Rosenberg's grandparents then moved to the States after the war, where they raised their four children, including the singer's dad.
"It was a difficult childhood for my dad," Rosenberg told The Sun. "I'm proud of that song. At that point I decided to go with this Americana idea and produce it in an American way."