This sparkling electro-pop tune is centred on Conan Gray's struggles to connect with his alcoholic romantic interest – "real sweet but I wish you were sober." According to Gray's own explanation on an Apple Music track by track
, he wrote the song about an individual he "really, really liked." However, this person found it difficult to say whether they liked him back, unless they were totally inebriated.
Gray added: "It was a weird, bittersweet feeling, because on one side you're thinking, 'Yay, they like me and they have feelings for me and they like me back.' On the other side you're thinking, 'Why can't you tell me this when you're sober? Why can't you tell me this in daylight?'"