This is one of several songs on Mental Illness about crazy, dysfunctional people – hence the album title. Mann explained to Elle:
"I told a friend that I was working on a record and they said, 'What is it about?' And I said, 'Oh, you know, my usual songs about mental illness.' They said, 'Oh, you should call it Mental Illness,' being a smartass. Then I thought, Wait a minute, that's kind of great. Because it's so ridiculous, but it's also accurate, so it really did make me laugh."