Frontwoman Emily Haines explained to Drowned in Sound
that after guitarist/producer James Shaw sent her a basic demo of this track, the lyrics were inspired by the 1983 gangster movie Scarface
. Said Haines: "When Jimmy sent me this song as a rough sketch I listened to it over and over while watching Scarface
, dreaming up ideas. The lyrics I wrote look at greed in all its forms, and the fact that we seem programmed to be insatiable. If we could do a million dollar video for this song it would be a remake of that montage scene from Scarface
- including the tiger!"