Asked by Spin about the lyric "I was born to be the tortoise, I was born to walk alone," Marina replied: "I felt like I was always rushing through life. I felt I was lagging behind, particularly in my career."
"I think I just wasn't very happy as myself," she continued. "I just didn't feel good enough and I never felt like I was progressing in the way that I wanted to, whereas now I feel completely black and white. Sometimes you're the tortoise and sometimes you're the hare. Sometimes people you know explode on their first album. I'm sure in your industry, you know what I mean, you'll have mates that have gone really far, but really quickly, and you feel like, "'Well, when is that going to happen for me?' So that's very connected to that, but 'I was born to walk alone,' that was more about doing things on my own and being independent and creatively so as well. It's about growing up and looking after yourself. It sounds really basic, but it is. If you don't like yourself, you're not going to look after yourself."
Marina is alluding to Aesop's fable where a race between a hare and a tortoise is won by the plodding tortoise; the moral being "slow and steady wins the race."