According to the publicity materials for When the World Comes Down, this song is a "homage to a fallen friend that examines why we're here and where we might go once we cross over." The lyrical content was a long way from the songs on the band's 2002 debut album, which found their teenaged lead singer Tyson Ritter writing mostly about a breakup and the complexities of love. His songwriting repertoire expanded after he started dating the model Kim Smith, who he had been seeing for about 5 years by this point.
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.