The song was written by Tears For Fears with Bastille's Dan Smith and producer Mark Crew. "We had two days with them and that was it, in a little windowless studio," band member Roland Orzabal told The Sun
. "Sometimes you go into these things and it's like speed dating. It's a very modern way of working. I think a guy we worked with in LA had Britney Spears in the day before."
"When we met Dan and Mark, they didn't have another version of Everybody Wants To Rule The World
prepared. They had something quite different and that was our starting point," he added. "And Dan is a singer so it was like a 'who could be the loudest in the room competition' between us both and in the end 'I Love You But I'm Lost' was born."