This is the only track on Home Again that isn't mostly autobiographical. Kiwanuka explained to This Is Fake DIY: "I wanted to write more of a story, and while it's still personal and all, it's also more imaginative. I wanted to test the ways that I write and try something new."
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.