When asked by MusicOMH
if the song is about man's destruction of nature, Smith replied: "I never meant for it to be that way and I really wouldn't be one to come across as an activist for the environment, I'm not really. It's all fine, it's not really me, I do my part by recycling. With 'Acts Of Man' it was never meant to be man versus nature, it was meant to be more of man versus man... I was just thinking of the atrocities that man can pull on another man. That was more what I was thinking, rather than sticking up for the environment."
"I think it has more to do with my like of older things and poetry, or classic works of art or classical music, or old architecture or old furniture," he explains of his penchant for nature imagery throughout the album. "I always like something older. I think when I'm reading William Blake or Goethe, who I quoted in the album, it's always nature in every line, they always talk about the seasons and the months and the flowers, and that stuff's always in there. I don't know what else to write about."
Bertrand - Paris, France