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On this track Casablancas maps out his emotions. He sings of "hopefulness turning into sadness turning into bitterness turning into anger, and then anger into vengeance." The Guardian November 28, 2009 asked him if the song reflected his feelings about The Strokes. He replied: "It's about situations where you think nothing good will come, you feel stuck in a bad place, but I don't want to say it's about anyone in particular… why, what would you like me to say?" The interviewer pressed Casablancas if it was "a seething rant about hating the Strokes?" He responded: "I have to go play music with them next week. It'd be like, 'Hey! So you hate me?' But the whole point of that song is that those feelings are useless; they just turn pain on to yourself."
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