This song is primarily in a 5/4 timing with occasional shifts to 4/4. Drake's Cambridge friend Robert Kirby, who did the string arranging for Five Leaves
, was unable to work on this track and Scottish composer Harry Robinson had fill in. Kirby explained to Mojo
June 2009: "Dave Brubeck's 'Take Five
' aside, that was the only time in my life I'd heard a piece of music consistently in 5/4. I could not for the life of me work out how to write a piece of music that didn't stagger along like a spider missing a leg, how you crossed over and missed the bar lines. But Harry's string arrangement is scarcely in 5/4- it goes along like a limpid river all the way, moving regularly and crossing over all the beats and the 5/4 with it."