Many of the songs on In the Lonely Hour
were inspired by Smith's unrequited love for one person. This one details his realization that as much as he loves the guy, he will never reciprocate Smith's feelings. "I remember when we wrote this song I was nearly in tears, because it explained exactly what I can't explain to that person, but in a song," he recalled to Digital Spy
. "I knew that person was going to be listening to that song, so in a way I was saying it to them. It was an amazing moment for me."