The lyrics came from a relationship that Taking Back Sunday frontman Adam Lazzara had just gotten out of at the time. He recalled to TeamRock
"There was a diner near where we used to live and we'd trade notebooks amongst the band. We'd highlight the stuff that really stuck out to us, which is similar to how we do it now. We were just going back and forth and that's how we pieced it together. I was 18 at the time, and every relationship feels like the be all and end all at that age.
At that time you've only seen so much of the world, so your view is pretty narrow, and I think the song is a good reflection of that."