The song's dramatic prose is set against the piano of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata
." Allan revealed to The Sun
August 15, 2008: "That was the first thing I wrote for the band. I had the lyrics and for some reason I tried to do the music for it a few times but never really got it right. Then I heard 'Moonlight Sonata.' Immediately I heard Beethoven, I saw a street near where I live. I could visualize Springfield Road, in Glasgow. I could see it when I wrote the words. Then, when I heard that music, I saw that same place, and right away I knew exactly that I needed to not sing, I needed to recite it as a poem.
I think everybody just thought I was a loony because I said: 'I've got this idea. I'm going to get Beethoven and I'm going to speak on top of Beethoven' and I think the label and the band were just like, 'Has he lost the plot?' Rab (Allan, lead guitar) said, 'It sounds great, man!' but I think he was still thinking, 'He's really losing it'. It was a strange thing and I don't know if I'll ever do that again."