John Vesely, who is Secondhand Serenade, told MTV the story behind this song: "I love 'Like a Knife' because it's really big. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted this song to sound like, but the trick was actually having it end up sounding like it did in my head. It was the first song that me and Danny Lohner - my producer - worked on when we started the album. Brandon, the former drummer of The Used, came in and laid down an AMAZING foundation for us to work with. From there I just started adding the layers. I wanted to give it a really epic feel. All the parts came really naturally, and it turned out sounding better than I imagined. Needless to say, it was a pretty good start for the album."