During an interview with The Independent, Guy Garvey explained that the line in the song that reads, "I live and die by the hot and cold in strangers' eyes", refers to his sensitivity regarding what others think of him. "It's not since I became famous, it's something that's always been with me that I assumed everybody always had: a guy on the street looks at me the wrong way, and a big part of me assumes that he's right," he said. "It was a bit of a revelation to me, in my late thirties, to find out that not everybody gives a f--k what other people think about them!"
"I thought people were just better or worse at hiding it, when in fact an awful lot of them don't care, and are up for a ruck," Garvey added. "But some part of me assumes that everybody else is right, apart from me. I think you'd call it an over-sensitivity to people's opinions."