This English Oceans track finds Patterson Hood singing of a woman resisting the bonds of genuine connection. Hood wrote this song after reading Richmond Fontaine frontman and author Willy Vlautin's 2014 novel of three intersecting lives, The Free. He penned it about one of its main characters, Pauline Hawkins, an emotionally removed nurse.
Hood said: "I got an advance copy of Willy's latest book, The Free. I've been a fan of his writing for a while. I read it in about three days. I finished it on Saturday, I wrote the song on Sunday, and then we cut it on Thursday and mastered the record on the following Monday. It sure makes it a better record."
In Gary Numan's "Cars," the message is that cars lead to a mechanical society devoid of personal interaction. This didn't stop automakers from using it in commercials. Both Nissan and Oldsmobile have used it in ads.