Joe Talbot was absent when the rest of the band came up with the music for "Samaritans." The Idles singer told NPR
that when he heard it for the first time he "wrote the lyrics on the spot."
Talbot took inspiration for the tunes from Grayson Perry's autobiographical exploration of masculinity The Descent of Man
. "I'd just read The Descent Of Man
and Grayson Perry's words struck me with such vigor that it all just came out immediately," he said.