This song finds Odell singing about the realization that something he loves is over. Like the other tracks on his Long Way Down album, it is autobiographical. He told Q magazine: "I want to write songs people can relate to. I want people to cry, or be in ecstasy. So it has to be real."
The video was filmed by Magnus Harder in Mörkö (the 'dark island') just south of Stockholm, Sweden. Harder explained: "We wanted to shoot a stripped down performance piece on Tom in some moody Scandinavian light. Its something very subdued and at the same time, a very powerful song, so putting Tom in this alluring environment makes sense (at least for me)."
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.