In the 2003 rom-com Love Actually
, Colin Firth's writer character Jamie exclaims: "I can't stand eels!" Everett took the comment to heart and immortalized it in this song's last verse.Everyone's a critic, I can't stand Eels
So says Colin Firth
Rain on my parade, then the clouds fade
It's a good night on earth
Everett had the idea to reference Firth's comment after a friend sent him a clip of the scene. "I thought, 'That's the opposite of love, actually.' So I put that in the lyrics - one of the unpleasant things about life before appreciating a nice evening," Everett told Billboard
. "Let the record reflect that Mr. Firth drew first blood."
Don't worry, Everett isn't really beefing Firth; the lyric is just an example of his quirky humor. The Love Actually
actor made the comment while deep in water, trying to retrieve his sodden manuscript. Firth's disdain was for the eels slithering around his legs, not Everett's rock band.