Once they'd come up with the instrumentation, Philippakis had a "clear visual picture" of what the lyrics should be about. The singer explained to Consequence of Sound
that he was drawn to write about "this view of humanity being able to live in a surreal way underground in bunkers, an ant colony type situation."
Philippakis added he incorporated a playful element "of the flowers growing upside down" to prevent it being "super bleak" and he was attracted to this "surreal image of a subterranean world that was full of labyrinths and staircases. Almost like the underworld, or something from the Greek myths."
The singer concluded: "There's obviously a reason people are hiding out underground, and it's because there's hostile or threatening forces above ground."