This song recalls the emotional impact of watching the memorable John Hurt stomach-bursting scene from Alien for the first time. Vocalist Joe Newman told The Guardian: "That scene has stayed with me. As a writer, you're meant to sift through all of things you've remembered in your life and pinpoint the things you've been moved by. Why not write about those moments you're moved by the most?"
Keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton told Nothing But Hope and Passion the song predates Alt-J's first album and was written "about an old friend who grew a beard and got tattoos."