According to the band bio Not The Life It Seems: The True Lives of My Chemical Romance
by Tom Bryant, the song was musically inspired by Electric Light Orchestra's "Blue Skies" and Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me
Frontman Gerard Way explained the lyrical meaning, saying, "It's about being dead and about people not liking you - it was a commentary on the band and how some people feel about us. We wanted to say, 'You may hate us but we're still here.' We wanted to say, 'Here we are, and we're better. Here we are and we're more daring and defiant than ever."