The lyrics are a critique of working class culture. The band's bass player/lyricist Nicky Wire explained the song's meaning in an interview with Q
magazine April 2011: "It was originally a two-page poem. One side was called A Pure Motive and the other A Design For Life. The song was inspired by what I perceived as the middle classes trying to hijack working-class culture. That was typified by Blur's 'Girls and Boys
,' the greyhound image on their Parklife
cover. It was me saying, 'This is the truth. GET IT.'"