The song seemed ever more prescient after the protests following the police killing of George Floyd
. However, Costello told The Independent
he's no clairvoyant; rather, the tribulations of 2020 are nothing new.
"There's some days when there is no hope, no philosophy, no theology, no deity gives me solace from the feeling of hopelessness that I have, but you don't stay there very long. It's been a summer of turmoil, for a number of reasons, between the pressures of the pandemic and brutal events that then trigger protest and reaction and violence, all of that stuff you can take sides on, things you can't avoid seeing, [but] I'd already written all of that. All of those things were already happening, they're just in focus now because of all the conditions."