"Anchors" is one of the most personal songs that Emery's frontman Toby Morrell has ever written. He explained why in an interview with Alternative Press: "This was a tough song for me to write lyrically. It's a very personal story from my past. When I was in elementary school, a girl who liked me and her friend were making fun of me because that's what you do when you like someone. But I didn't see it that way and said something pretty terrible to the girl—something I couldn't take back—and those words have haunted me for years. I felt like I changed that day and saw the world differently. I feel like this song was a little cathartic, and it helped me face some things about myself and realize I was a kid and never intended to hurt someone the way that I did."
"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who is about a revolution, but it doesn't have a happy ending, since in the end the new regime becomes just like the old one. Pete Townshend thought that whoever was in power was destined to become corrupt.