The title of this song comes from the Australian expression "tall poppy syndrome," a pejorative term primarily used to describe a social phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are cut down, bringing them down to your level. It is diagnosed by some as a symptom of an ingrained national suspicion of success.
Barnett explained to Nothing But Hope and Passion
: "If someone is doing really well, you tell them they suck to bring them back down to earth. The song just deals with people having strong opinions about things."