Turner told NME
why he wrote this as a deliberately opaque almost nonsense poem: "Something I've discovered as I've gone on is that it's cool to let the words sometimes take more of a back seat. I think there's like two types of songs (that I write) where some of them I want people to, like, understand where it is and almost be right there with you. So that would be something like 'Cornerstone
', where I feel the person listening is right there with you. Then there's other things that are more like 'Black Treacle' or 'Crying Lightning
' from the last one, where it's much more vague, and I want to keep it that way.
I always think of some Bowie tunes that do that, things like 'Five Years
' you're right there with him, and other things like that tune 'Lady Grinning Soul
', it's sort of describing this woman, obviously, but you don't know where you are with it."