The song chronicles a rundown couple in a rundown mining town, with him finding solace in the bottle and her seeking comfort in the 'Good Book' - the Bible. Tom Smith, vocalist with the English indie rock group The Editors, supplies a guest turn on the track.
Frontman Gary Lightbody, moonlighting from his day job as Snow Patrol's singer, told Uncut magazine how the songs on The Place We Run From differ from regular Snow Patrol material: "Every song I write for Snow Patrol is written out of a deep personal experience. These songs are stories that people have told me or they're about people I've met along the way and it's not necessarily through my eyes. The whole time I spend touring the US was during the Bush administration, so a lot of this album is about crumbling America and the people it has affected and still affects."
"Kickstart My Heart" is about all the ways Motley Crue gets their blood flowing without drugs. It was inspired by their bass player Nikki Sixx, who claimed he had to be revived with a shot of adrenaline to the heart after an overdose.
The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" was named in March 2009 the official Rock Song of Oklahoma. Four years later, Oklahoma's governor Mary Fallin pulled the tune as the state's official rock song in a move her office said had more to do with priorities than musical taste.