Jack explained how this song has a ghost-like theme: "I think I'm one of those guys who has a hard time blowing people off. I envy those people who can say, 'So and so is a jerk. Forget him.' My problem is I can't forget. If I say, 'So and so is a jerk. Forget him,' then I sit and think about him all the time. That's something I've always tried to figure out. What should I do about that? Those people are ghosts. They just stick around. But I like these ghosts, because they compel me to write about them and try to explore whether I should care or not. It's kind of hard to make a ghost go away." White added: "I don't really know if I believe in ghosts, but I'm always fascinated by people who say, 'There's this ghost that lives in my house. Oh well, there's nothing I can do about it. Just have to make the best of it.' It must be funny to be at the point where you're having breakfast sitting next to this ghost, to be actually forced to live with your demons instead of ignoring them." White concluded: "Maybe [these ghosts] are all me. Or maybe they're all this character in the song. Again, it comes down to these choices people have to make. When you wake up the morning, what kind of people are you going to present to the world? You have the choice to fulfill your own needs, or to be polite and fulfill other people's needs, or to find some balance between both. I always think, What if you absolutely knew for a fact that, when you die, there's no afterlife at all? How would you live your life in that case? I think my life would be different if I resolved that I'm only going to live for myself, or that I'm gonna live only for other people. But I guess that's a daily choice we all make."