I just wanna live inside sometimes
Don't wanna have to beg you to subscribe
The opening line came from someone telling Cullum he doesn't share enough of his personal life, and he felt as if he wanted to jump out of the window. The rest of the song became a free association of concerns, including how the debate about the UK leaving the EU was fueled by fomenting fear of immigrants. As the son of an immigrant from Burma, the subject is close to Cullum's heart.No, I won't be your apparatchik
And be the kind who's blind to all its magic
So here comes your European exit
With asylum seekers in your attic
Reflecting on the verse, Cullum explained to The Guardian
: "We have a duty to show compassion, to people who are in the greatest kind of need. But there are no simple answers, and I hope this song isn't heavy-handedly saying there are. Songs are uniquely positioned to hold the opposites perhaps more than some other mediums can."