To change things up on British alternative dance band Friendly Fire's second album, the band incorporated several unusual recording techniques. For this song, frontman Ed Macfarlane rang the bells of a St. Albans church and then sampled the results.
Macfarlane explained the song's meaning to NME: "This is about having feelings for someone but not being able to express them. I like lyrics like that, just these really obvious universal pop subjects that aren't too complicated, they're more accessible."
"Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk" describes a time in Rufus Wainwright's life when he found himself hungover and pounding chocolate milk to feel better. It didn't work, so he smoked a cigarette, which is when he realized his addictive personality could be a problem.