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Franz Ferdinand took inspiration for their name from a racehorse called "The Archduke Ferdinand." After seeing the horse race on TV they began to discuss Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assassination triggered World War I. They decided it would be a good band name because of its sound and the implications of the Archduke's death.
The song compares lovers to snipers aiming at each other. The lyrics begin, "So if you're lonely, you know I'm here waiting for you. I'm just a crosshair, I'm just a shot away from you." Alex Kapranos told NME it's about how you'd, "rather be shot than continue the tension." (thanks, Leona - Edinburgh, Scotland, for above 2)
On the B-side of the single is "All For You, Sophia," which makes references to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, including his assassin Gavrilo Princip and the secret society Black Hands.
The song's opening tempo changes were all recorded live. Producer Tore Johansson recalled to NME: "They'd played it live quite a few times, so they could all slow down in the same way."
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