Feist sings on this introspective track about building herself from the ground up: "The joke about dogs is that they feel every moment is an eternity. If they're lamenting, they've always been lamenting and they always will be," the singer explained to The Globe. "And when they're excited, they've always been excited. They forget they were just lamenting. I'm a little like that."
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.