This song finds Alex Kapranos imagining erasing the pain of an unhappy relationship by reversing time until the couple part "as happy strangers." The song starts with loops of cut-up organ and guitar played backwards before a spooky riff drives it on. Kapranos told NME: "We recorded it in Sweden with Bjorn of Peter Bjorn and John, but it was too beautiful so then we took it back to Scotland to f--k it up a bit."
Fall Out Boy's "The Kids Aren't Alright" song title is not a reference to The Offspring's 1998 single of the same name. It actually alludes to The Who's 1979 rockumentary film called The Kids Are Alright.