Grimes was born and raised in Vancouver, before attending McGill University in Montreal. She explained that this song is an ode to her "beloved city" of Montreal.
The Canadian-French at the beginning of the chorus translates to:
I understand, I said it, It's life
Another song inspired by Montreal is Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." That track is about the south shore of the Canadian city, where the band's multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne grew up.