Phillip Phillips was helped by David Ryan Harris (Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian's "Battle Scars
") to write this song. "I had the music written," he told The Hollywood Reporter
. "The first verse and the chorus were written, I just didn't have a second verse. So David Ryan, who plays with John Mayer a lot, came in there, we got to know each other a bit, and I showed him what I had. He started pushing me to write more, and after a couple of days, this came to me one night: 'Hope is just a ray of what everyone should see. Alone is the street where you found me. Scared of what's behind you. Scared of what's in front. Live with what you have now. Make the best of what's to come.'"