The song and album title alludes to T.S. Elliot's 1922 modernist poem, The Waste Land
. Ward explained to UK newspaper The Sun
: "I think Eliot would agree that a wasteland can be anywhere, anytime. A companion is anything that gets you through it."
The Pet Shop Boys' breakthrough hit "West End Girls
" was also influenced by The Waste Land
, according to their singer Neil Tennant.