Thom Yorke told Rolling Stone regarding the song's lyrics: "'Reverse Running' has this weird desperation in it. It's a head-space thing, rather than a storytelling thing. I'd love to be a storyteller. But I can't do it."
"Come Dancing" by The Kinks was inspired by the older sister of Ray Davies, who would make guys take her out dancing and spend their money on her, only to send them home frustrated with just a peck on the cheek.