The Horrible Crowes are a side project formed by Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon with his guitar Tech, Ian Perkins. Fallon explained on his blog, "The name comes from a poem called the Twa Corbies, which means, 'two crows.' Check it out, it's a dark commentary on life." This was the first single released by the band and it was made available for streaming through RollingStone.com on July 13, 2011.
This is one of the more uplifting tracks from the 12-song album which finds Fallon singing about the complexities of relationships. He told Billboard magazine why he used a different vehicle for these more personal songs to the ones he pens for The Gaslight Anthem: "The record is about three relationships that I had - one when I was 18, one when I was 19 or 20, and my current one now. [They] ended up causing me a lot of grief and a lot of sorrow from the process of living through [them] but it felt like big rock songs weren't the right way to do it. I think that this record taught me how to write more personally and not necessarily use stories. It was just me trying to work out my own stuff from my head."
The gloomy video tells the story of a man who's seemingly lost everything he loved. Corin Hardy, who'd previously shot visuals for Biffy Clyro and Keane, directed the clip. "This song tells a pretty sad story," Fallon told Spinner. "I didn't feel right about alternative, meaning making a film rather than a music video is Corin Hardy. He's just amazing and he captured what the song feels like in this. We present to you a film of a man becoming lost."