With their 2009 album Release
, all members of Sister Hazel contributed to the songwriting, rather than rely solely on their lead singer Ken Block. This track was written by their guitarist Ryan Newell with contributions from Mike Daly (formerly of Whiskeytown) and Pat McGee. The song shares a theme with a few others on the album. Newell told us: "'Take a Bow' was written about my divorce. A truly difficult time for anyone to go through. 'Release
' is a divorce song. 'Fade'... well uhhmm... another divorce song. You can tell what phase of life I was going through! Ha! Much better now, thanks to the music therapy."
Ken Block added: "I really like the pointed honesty on 'Take a Bow.' The lyrics hit Ryan's difficult divorce head on with some painful truths about a wayward partner."