This is the closing track of Fallen Empires. The album is bookended by two stories of separate homeless people that lead vocalist Gary Lightbody met in Santa Monica.
Canadian musician Owen Pallett, who has recorded his own material under the name of Final Fantasy, did the song's arrangement. Lightbody told Billboard magazine: "In the end we just took it down to a piano and it sounded amazing cause it's so heartbreaking with just a voice and a piano. And then Owen heard it and he loved it and he said can I do an arrangement for it."
The Isley Brother's song, "Contagious," peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. This meant that the band of brothers became the first group to score a Top 50 hit in six consecutive decades on the chart.