This song has an unexpected inspiration: Dolly Parton's hit "9 to 5
." In a Songfacts interview with Beckett
, he said: "That song for some reason sparked an idea for me. I wrote the lyric, 'I saw no replica,' and that resonated with me and I knew what the song was. But it wasn't until that line came that I was like, 'OK, I know how to frame this song up.'"
Parton's title shows up in the lyric, "I was 9 to 5 and no part time."