"On Deronda Road" finds Guy Garvey chronicling the simple pleasure of taking a bus journey with his son Jack near his South London home. The Elbow frontman originally wrote the song about a fisherman he had observed in India on a rubber ring, using ping pong bats to steer around the lake. He told Apple Music
, "ultimately it sounded like, 'I've been to India, me!'" So he scrubbed the lyrics but kept the music.
One day Garvey and Jack went on a bus trip. When their transport stopped at Deronda Road in Brixton, Garvey started singing to his son, "We're on Deronda Road." He realized it fitted the music for his "India" song and penned more lyrics about being on the bus with Jack.