After taking a well-deserved break from music to enjoy married life, Amy Lee reconvened with her bandmates to write the follow-up to 2007 The Open Door. What became the title track and first single from their third album was written with bassist Tim McCord and guitarist Terry Balsamo at Lee's house in New York. "I was just doodling around on the piano and the guys were like, 'Do that. Whatever you just did, that's an awesome melody,'" she said, adding that the song is about freedom. Beck's father, David Campbell, did the string arrangement.