This collaboration between New York indie rockers the National and their fellow Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten was written for the Tom McCarthy-directed sports comedy-drama movie Win Win. The song is played during its closing credits and was the first tune that The National had written specifically for a film. "We knew he was a serious director," frontman Matt Berninger told HitFix, mentioning that he enjoyed McCarthy's directorial debut Station Agent and The Visitor.
He added that the material of Win Win was "just the kind of thing our music would work well for. It's about very normal and good people trying to do their best and the struggle to be good."
Matt Berninger told Spinner about the song's music video: "Tom McCarthy and my brother Tom collaborated from afar while we were on tour in Europe and McCarthy was on his own press tour. Rather than try to tell the narrative of either the film, or the song, we thought it would be better just to show the spirit of collaboration that went into both. McCarthy pulled together some of his favorite out-takes and my brother, along with our lighting director Michael Brown, filmed us playing the song on stage in Helsinki during sound check. Tom McCarthy and his team wove it all together back in New York the night before the film premiered."