"Tell Them" finds a guarded James Blake recounting a one-night stand.I didn't plan to stay long
In the snake pit so long, I've got posters up
Been defending so long, I don't know how to stop
Blake explained to DazedDigital
that the song is "from the perspective of someone who is traveling a lot, or not being to close to anyone." He added that the singer is wary and protective of himself but still desires intimacy.