Mojo magazine reported that during a live show, Mann explained the song's road-less-travelled subject matter was inspired by an episode of the US reality show Hoarders, in which one man's compulsive hoarding had rendered his daughter homeless.
"The thing I was fascinated by is that you have people who are desperate to help their loved ones who are living in squalor and often in dangerous circumstances," she explained, "but the hoarders themselves do nothing but resent the help. They just see that you're trying to take their s--t from them, and they constantly position themselves to be the victim of these people who are coming in trying to help. It's really delusional."
Mann titled the song "Gumby" as she "thought it was a good name for a hoarder." Apparently it has nothing to do with the claymation superstar.