This song originated as a big jam with frontman Grian Chatten blurting out lyrics. At one point he exclaimed "Living in America!" before comparing it to his current home city of London where he lives with his fiancée. Chatten explained the titular phrase came from his viewing of the documentary Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown
"He's off his head, and they're asking him about being charged with assault or something," he explained to Stereogram
. "And he just goes 'Living in America!' It's terrifying, you know? He's got this big grin and he goes, 'There's nothing wrong.'"
Chatten added that the scene remained in his subconscious. "The hysteria of the music that was going on around me in the practice room, that just came out," he said. "That's a really nice area to play in lyrically, that kind of Pixies - they're saying something that's so ridiculous that it can't possibly be taken seriously, but it requires seriousness."