Conrad Keely stole the song's title from the book A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates
, which was an important twentieth century work in the field of statistics and random numbers. The Trail of the Dead frontman found it on a shelf in a guest house where backpackers are supposed to leave a book when they take one. He told Drowned in Sound
: "Fortunately I'm not a backpacker so I'm not obligated to leave anything if I take one — which is also how I got a copy of Balthazar Gracian's Art of Worldly Wisdom
(in it Gracian recommends allowing yourself one vice, and mine is stealing useful things like books)."