Liz Phair describes this track from her debut album as "true-confession, diary-entry singing." She told Rolling Stone in 2018: "There's no pretense or bravado. It's really saying, 'I don't know if I am cut out to do what it seems to be that society wants women to do.' It's the little things, the little habits that I can't handle. It's the fear of being married and the fear of being in that role. It's a confession as opposed to other songs that are proclaiming loudly."
"And I like the way it's produced to echo that sentiment. It's very small and creepy," she said, comparing it to eerie vibe of a horror movie like the 1975 thriller The Stepford Wives. "The town is all in on it and you're suddenly realizing that you feel like an alien."
"Come Dancing" by The Kinks was inspired by the older sister of Ray Davies, who would make guys take her out dancing and spend their money on her, only to send them home frustrated with just a peck on the cheek.