The Civil Wars is an indie folk duo comprised of singer-songwriters Joy Williams and guitarist/songwriter John Paul White. Some of the tracks on their debut album, Barton Hollow, deal directly with losses from their past. This song, for instance, concerns a family secret, mainly on Williams' side. She said: "We love to write about these things and hint at it while not giving the whole thing away. If the stories that we're singing about and the things that we're speaking of are true, hopefully they'll draw out the stories of the people who are listening, and that can create some invisible cycle of safety and exhilaration and freedom, and of being transported somewhere else for a little moment in time."
Lily Allen wrote "Something's Not Right" for the soundtrack of the Peter Pan prequel, Pan. The song was inspired by the heartache that Allen experienced after suffering a miscarriage when she was six months pregnant with her first child by husband Sam Cooper in 2010.