In and interview with Simon Reynolds in the 2009 book Totally Wired: Post-Punk Interviews and Overviews
, Blue Orchids guitarist Martin Bramah said of this track: "That lyric was written by Una. She'd been reading a lot of the books I was reading, and there was a strong influence of the Russian mystic Gurdjieff. 'The Sly Man' - that's the idea of keeping your head down, a way of getting by in life. We were speaking to people who were like us: fellow outsiders who maybe felt isolated..."
The Una alluded to is fellow band member Una Baines, who like Bramah had started out in The Fall. Another and better known song inspired directly by Gurdjieff is the Kate Bush composition "Them Heavy People
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