The song was inspired by a friend of Andrew Taggart who in trying to escape from day to day life ended up struggling with a serious drug addiction. We were staying in Paris
To get away from your parents
And I thought, Wow
If I could take this in a shot right now
The Chainsmokers explained to AntiMusic
that over the course of living in this fantasy world with his girlfriend, the two lovers were "thinking life was great and they were just down for each other thinking they were living in this wonderful day dream of a life. But in reality their lives were falling apart as well as the people around them."
The New York EDM duo added: "But the song in a more general sense is about those times when you are one place in one situation but imagine you are somewhere else. Like those times you were laying in bed staring at the ceiling dreaming up a different situation."