Entertainment Weekly asked David Cook if this song is meant to be ironic in any way. He replied: "The song was unintentionally ironic. I had the harmonic riff in my head for five months. In my lyric journal, I had 'Mr. Sincere' written down, and sincere turned into sensitive. I wanted to write about something outside myself and get a little metaphorical. He lives in a village devoid of feeling. They get so afraid of this child who has feelings that they kill him. It kind of took on this Tim Burton-like, twisted vision of James and the Giant Peach for me. But I know people look at me as that sensitive guy."