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According to vocalist/guitarist James Petralli, White Denim's songs are the musical manifestations of abstract paintings or philosophical tracts. He explained to UK music magazine the NME: "The things that I like to read are generally abstract. I like patterns, I like reading poetry and avant-garde prose and I'm more interested in musical patterns in literature than I am in long-form narratives. I look at paintings and try to visualise an object or image, then assimilate how that makes me feel into a series of phrases and try to make it musical."
This meditative hoedown is loosely based on some excerpts from The Blue and Brown Books by Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Petralli told the NME: "The lyric-writing process is like an excavation, I'm trying to pull words and melodies out of what's already there."
Petralli told the NME the song is about, "creating work and weighing its importance."
Petralli's father is former Major League Baseball catcher Geno Petralli, whose career spanned 12 years, from 1982 to 1993.
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