The song was written by Terius "The-Dream" Nash, who also co-penned Rihanna's smash hit "Umbrella
." He recalled in a Genius
"We were in London, and Rihanna's grandma had just passed. I wrote this the night she found out, and I remember talking to her for a little bit. 'Mother Mary' and 'Love Without Tragedy,' those were two records blended together. The feeling in both of those records was the same. I was like, 'I want to write what the heart is.' You may not be going through something like that, but some people are, and they'll be attracted to that part. And everybody else in the club will be like 'Pour it up, pour it up!'"