Three different characters are named in this song: Jimmy Brown, Charlie Clown and Billy. Ian McCulloch told Songfacts: "It's about, are we statues or are we human? Not like The Killers' thing
but it's about heart and soul: 'Jimmy Brown, made of stone.' I'm not Jimmy Brown, I'm someone else. I'm the one who's just shivering and saying 'the words of every lie I've heard.'"