"The lyrical inspiration is the failure of the banks, the way the CEOs walked away, having been rewarded for the mistakes they made."
That's how Marillion lead singer Steve Hogarth described this song in Songfacts interview
. Typical of the band, they worked on the F--k Everyone and Run
album for a few years before recording it. During this time, the financial crisis of 2008 was being sorted out, and it became clear that few in positions of power would be held responsible.