Frontman Guy Garvey explained this song to the Manchester Evening News: "This was worrying about a friend of mine who drinks a bit too much. And I noticed that I'm using the phrase 'A Friend Of Mine' all the way through the song. That's what you do when you're telling somebody about something and you want them to think that you're talking about a friend, when you're actually talking about yourself."
Garvey told the Manchester Evening News that the lyric about "growing his very own brambles" is what happens whenever you do anything to excess. He explained: "You become acutely aware that everyone is looking at you, whether they care for you or look down on you. And the last thing you want is company. So it's about addiction, I suppose."