The chiming pop song reminded Marr of a classic Smiths number. He told Uncut
: "Hi Hello is a title that I've had for a while. When I did the string part, I was aware that it sounded like 'Dancing Barefoot' by Patti Smith. But I also think it sounds like The Smiths ('There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
'), I don't do that very often. I'm usually hellbent on trying not to repeat myself. But if, after 30-odd years, I play a phrase that reminds me of one of my old songs, I'm not going to flagellate myself over it."
Marr added: "A song like Hi Hello is specifically about unconditional love. That, without a doubt, is me singing with somebody in mind. But that's the fantastic thing about what a song can do. Even when it's very specifically about the writer's experience, the listener can relate to it. They can either imagine themselves in that scenario or superimpose it onto an experience of their own. It's a beautiful thing."