Like many of the tracks on Shallow Bed, this tale of a family torn apart by alcoholism features religious imagery. Though not a believer now, frontman Pete Liddle grew up going to a Catholic school and learned to sing in church. "All my early music education was full church music education," he explained to Spinner. "The first 10 years I was singing, it was exclusively hymns and church songs, so I think that had something to do with it. And then, you know, just the songwriters that I was presented with as a kid, stuff that my folks had on in the house, like Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon, people who liked to dabble with religious imagery as more a poetic tool than a conscious effort to say something about religion or belief."