Dexys' lead vocalist Kevin Rowland
reflects here on his working class Irish heritage. He explained to The Guardian
: "It's a song about rootlessness. Irish nationalism."
"I used to think, 'I'm Irish, that's my cause,' or, 'I'm working class, that's my tribe' but that kind of identity is not enough," he added. "It's too restrictive, not the real you. It's a badge, a set of clothes. That line, 'Take your Irish stereotype and stick it up your arse,' is me talking to the Irish who embrace that stereotype. Now, I don't know what my identity is."