This song is based on the 1993 Michael Douglas film Falling Down
. The film tells the story of William Foster (played by Douglas), a defense industry engineer who becomes overly agitated with everyday interactions after he loses his job. As the movie goes on, Foster becomes psychotic and violent as he begins to lash out.
Iron Maiden lead singer Blaze Bayley wrote they lyric; he saw the film as a parable for the frustrations that can come with losing a job, even if that job is just a paper route. In our interview with Bayley
, he explained: "When I was a kid I used to have a paper route, delivering papers. A basic job that hundreds of teenagers have when they're in school. But I lost that job, and I was so scared of my stepfather, that he would beat me, that I kept leaving the house at the same time pretending I was going to do my paper route."