Hozier talks about rape culture in this song. When he was asked by MTV News how important it is for him that he incorporates social issues in his music, the Irish singer replied: "The lyrics are, for me, one of the most important parts of the song, and the way I see it, whether you're talking about that type of stuff, or you're just talking about anything, either way, it is a reflection of the times and it is a reflection of what's going on now at the minute."
"I'm influenced a lot by Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, even Paul Weller - Billie Holiday as well," he added, "People who wrote and sang songs that were reflective of their times. I quite like that. I quite admire that. I think it's important not to be afraid of saying that - saying things like that."