Peter Silberman of The Antlers explained the song's meaning to The Line of Best Fit
: "With 'Refuge,' I was really trying to write what home is, what that idea is. Home is kind of a feeling, more than it is a place. It's a different location for every single person. For instance, someone's house might not be their home. Home is just created like a state of mind that you carry with you. When you feel far from home or that safety, then it's kind of a scary place to be in life. It's kind of a scary way of feeling. I think that song was about trying to epitomize that feeling as if it's something you could bring with you everywhere. You could just be home in yourself no matter where you are, and there's a comfort there. There's a pace in that youthfulness. Home is a big, general time. But when you find specific details for it, it becomes too specific. It doesn't allow it to change. So I intentionally made it vague and strange."
Bertrand - Paris, France