This is a darker and more heavily produced song than most of the other tunes in Bareilles' oeuvre. The singer told American Songwriter magazine why she created this bleak number: "'Lie To Me' was actually mostly crafted at home with garage band loops that I put together, and Ben (Folds, producer) added that incredible string arrangement. I love that song. I'm really proud of it. It felt like it was very different for me and sort of darker than my other records have sounded, but I feel ready to share more shades of my color.
I actually write kind of mean lyrics, but usually wrapped up in a sunny song," she added. "For a while I was having fun with that juxtaposition, but 'Lie To Me' is a bit more direct. It sounds like what it means. It's experimentation, finding new ways to express what I was trying to say. I'm excited to have people see different sides of my musical personality, so that one was fun."