Goo Goo Dolls' singer and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik was inspired to pen this song by a traumatic situation faced by a casualty during the occupation of Iraq. He told the story behind this song to Artist Direct
: "It's based on some communication I had with a woman whose husband was a soldier in Iraq. He's paralyzed now, and he doesn't want to come home because he's afraid that she's not going to see him the way he was. He has a huge amount of anxiety and he's been hiding out from her because he's afraid she's not going to think he's the man that he was. She loves him very, very much, and her letter really moved me. I wanted to write a love letter for her to him, you know, that, 'I'm here, I love you and nothing's going to change.' I was imagining the anxiety that this guy's feeling. He's a kid like 26 or 27. You've got your whole life ahead of you and you're doing the right thing and then all of a sudden - boom. In an instant, your life completely changes. Life will always come at you on its own terms and we have to learn how to face that and adapt. I just wanted to speak for other people, more so than myself, on this album."