This was the last tune that Jack Antonoff wrote for Strange Desire. The album title comes from the song's lyric, "Feeling like I never was young I followed a dream and a strange desire." Antonoff explained via a Craigslist post: "That line speaks to my entire life over the past 14 years of writing and being on tour. I do feel like I'm constantly mourning a childhood I never had. Mostly because I dealt with a lot of loss in the most formative years of my life. That ties into a lot of the lyrics on the album."
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.