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."
Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" opens with the South African female singer Letta Mbulu saying the Swahili phrase "Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe." There was some geographic liberty here, as Swahili is not spoken in the West African nation of Liberia.