Matthews expanded on the song's lyrical content to Relix magazine: "Lyrically, I think it's one of those times that I state the obvious but every once in a while we should consider the obvious. It's nice to point the things out that, every day, stand in opposition in our lives that we don't acknowledge that much.
I always thought it was so funny when I was living in Africa how, whether people were trying to get to school or get to elections, they would go across the world to get their voice heard or to learn a little bit more about the world. Just starving, not only for food, but also for knowledge and for the right to have a voice in the world. And it was always so strange to me then, coming to this country, pumped all over the world as the hope of all hopes, that in many cases we treat [those opportunities] with this entitled indifference.
You're slumped in your chair in the classroom, looking at the teacher like, "God, how bored am I gonna be today because you're gonna teach me crap I don't care about?" I'm just saying it's interesting: To one person information is freedom; to another person it's a burden. I'm not saying it's all in the hands of the children-it's the fault of a society that has led us to believe that the goal of all life is to eventually retire and go on vacation; that the least you can do for the most reward is the best life, which is so bizarre. Why not do something? TV ain't that good."