Blur guitarist Graham Coxon pinched the original musical idea for this song from vocalist Damon Albarn's hard drive before developing it with producer Stephen Street. "Damon's got all sorts of crazy things he's done on Garageband," Coxon explained to NME, "and quite a bit of the album was done by building songs around those ideas and glueing them together with bits of the jam sessions we did in Hong Kong. So that song started as this little sequence, then Stephen and I chopped up some improvised vocals and made a chorus out of them."
Coxon couldn't resist running with the ice cream theme, echoed in The Magic Whip's artwork. "The bass solo, is supposed to be a spin on the Mr Softy Tune that the ice cream van played when I was a kid," he said, "it's not exactly the same, but there's a definite similarities."
The lyrics are quite a bleak, but at the same time, sinister. Coxon commented: "The song that sounds jolly enough on the outside, but there are some dark undertones there."