Kapranos explained to self-titled magazine
the inspiration for this song: "I always loved the story of Ulysses when I was a kid—about a guy being a lost and never thinking he was coming home. But instead of getting upset about it, he embraced it and said, 'Wow, I'm lost, but this is an adventure.' I had part of the melody originally. When I write songs and melodies, I keep an audio notebook on my computer, and I name the files after the first thing I see in the room. So there's a piece of music called 'Lamp shade,' one called 'Rug.' I was sitting in my living room, and the copy of James Joyce's Ulysses
was the first thing my eye hit. That got me thinking about [The Odyssey
by Homer]. How old is that story? Four thousand years old? And it's still eternal."