Speaking to LA rock station 106.7 KROQ, guitarist Chad Gilbert said this song is about the self-admonishment that comes at the end of a romantic relationship. "I think, lyrically, 'Dumped' is one of the most straightforward songs of the album. It's kind of saying that you realize after everything went down that you're better off without the person, but you don't like it because you went through so much crap and the relationship is now over," he explained.
Gilbert continued: "After all you went through; after seeing the person's true colors; after them breaking your heart, you realize, 'Damn. You didn't even need this person anyways.' If you knew that from the beginning; if you were stronger in the beginning, you wouldn't have been with her. You wouldn't have become so attached. This song is sort of like kicking yourself in the a--. Like, 'C'mon. Why didn't I realize that back then?'"