The "Cloak of Elvenkind" shows up in Dungeons & Dragons, which Marcy Playground lead singer John Wozniak would play when he was going to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In a Songfacts interview with Wozniak
, he said: "It's a role-playing game. You had to have your friends around, and you read from the Dungeon Master Guide and the Monster Guide and all these books. And it was all done in your imagination. It was a game that was started in the '70s and then it was kind of big for a little bit in the '80s. It's a fantasy role-playing game. It's for total nerds. Which is what I was. And so the cloak of Elvenkind, the cloak and boots of Elvenkind, are from Dungeons & Dragons, so they're made by elves. So the cloak will make you invisible, and the boots will make you silent. It's a real obscure reference to a D&D thing, the books of magic spells and all that stuff. But the idea is that you're just going through life completely invisible and completely silent, and nobody pays attention to you. (laughs) It's different. And that's why 'my book of magic spells is behind everything else that's proper for a boy.'"