Lead singer Raul Malo described this to Billboard magazine as, "an honest representation of anyone who travels for a living or in this life." He added: "It's not that you're complaining about the life you're leading, but it's this night out and everyone is partying, and they want you to but you're tired and you just want to go to bed. That's good enough for you tonight. It's a sentiment that is legit and honest."
"We hear so many times about how lucky we are to do what we do - and we are," Malo continued. "We are very fortunate to have the lives that we have. It does get to you every once in a while. There are nights where you just want to call it a night. That doesn't always agree with the public persona or image of being the life of the party. That song is an honest take on one facet of our lives and how we feel."
There aren't many songs with a scientist as the main character, but Coldplay's "The Scientist" is one of their biggest hits. The guy in the song is brilliant, but despondent because he's lost his girl after neglecting her for his work.