Andrew Bird told Drowned In Sound that "this is an odd one." He added: "Definitely not a story song, but one that tries to create a sense of tenuousness with syntax. The word 'tenuousness' itself is clearly onomatopoeic, like a frayed rope bridge. Traveling the world for most of a year tends to make me amazed that things hang together as well as they do considering how divisive and chaotic even the smallest countries can get. And knowing that everything is connected and propped up by imaginary things like, oh, credit for instance. Is there order in the universe? What's to keep this planet from spinning off its axis to be lost?"