The song evolved from a studio jam session between Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. Neil Peart unexpectedly left lyrics he had just finished on the table with the chorus highlighted. Lee began singing the chorus along with a section of the jam and, according to him, it seemed to fit. The song was written in a day with Geddy Lee remarking "Far Cry was a good day."
The video, directed by Christopher Mills (producer), was released on YouTube, on May 8, 2007. It contains extensive stop-motion footage featuring the band's members and clips from their 1970s and 80s videos.