The song is a final kiss-off to an ex: "I basically only used to make music about this one breakup that I went through," Crossan told Noisey
with a dry smile.
"I was so sad about it. [I was] too young to care that much," he added. "I really dragged it out, as well. It was like a couple of years I was miserable about it, and I'd forgotten about it, how I felt. I went out into the country, up the River Thames outside of London, just to be on my own and make music in this cottage with a recording studio in it. And for some reason, [that relationship] came back to me... and I wrote 'Give Me the Ground.'
That was like my final 'f--k you,' and all that came out was that little one-minute stint—a whimpering end to that whole feeling. And I like, coughed at the end 'cause I'd been smoking! It's just like a footnote, and it's totally different from anything else on the album."
"[The song] just came out," Crossan concluded: "And I was like, 'Cool, I really like this.' So I put it on."