Mika penned this song with Empire of the Sun's Nick Littlemore, Nylon Studios composer Jack Milas, and NYC based producer Oli Chang. He explained to the music-streaming site Spotify that he wrote it about a war veteran. Said Mika: ''It talks about a solider who comes back from the war and he looks physically unharmed and looks physical completely fine, but inside he's destroyed. Everyone looks at him and is like 'you're fine, look at you, you're not missing a limb.'"
The lyrics were inspired by a taxi driver that Mika had driving him from his place in London to the studio one day. He explained to Spotify that, "he was telling me how he had spent a lot of time in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon, and all the problems he encountered.''
The chorus of "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir" in "Lady Marmalade" is French for "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?" When Labelle performed it on television, they had to change it to "Voulez-vous danser avec moi ce soir" (Do you want to dance with me tonight?).