The Disparate Youth Songfacts reports that the song originated with a beat sent to Santigold by producer Ricky Blaze. It reminded her of a boat trip that she'd taken with John Hill and Diplo, whom she worked with on her debut album, Santogold.
Don't look ahead, there's stormy weather
Another roadblock in our way
But if we go, we go together
Our hands are tied here if we stay