Vocalist Ricky Wilson (from The Sun October 17, 2008): "We could have had the opening line 'I'm a bit lonely' but no one would have picked up on that. It's all about visualizing things. People say, 'What's it about?' And I go, 'What do you think?' They always say, 'Someone being lonely'. Why ask the question?"
Kaiser Chief bassist Simon Rix explained the song's unusual title to Drowned in Sound: "This song has a title that everyone seems to be intrigued by. We had written most of the music for this song in Old Chapel (a rehearsal room in Leeds) and then the title just came out of nowhere. When we are playing in the room, Rick and Nick (Hodgson, drums) often just sing things over the top until they come up with something good. Sometimes the best lyrics just come into your head. So one of them will be singing something and then one of them will say; 'did you say 'Tomato In The Rain'?' The idea will then develop from there. I think in this case Nick came up with the title then Ricky went away and wrote the rest of the words."
Rix commented to Drowned in Sound: "There's a lot more imagery on this album than the last one. Particularly in this song. It's meant to be a laid back Beach Boys kind of song and features some old fashioned style backing vocals from Nick that you don't really hear much any more."
On this track, the band's keyboardist, Nick 'Peanut' Baines, played a Farfisa organ, which was put through guitarist Andrew White's amplifier.