Raised Catholic, Of Montreal leader Kevin Barnes had a hard time with the rigid strictures of the religion as well as its concepts, which didn't suit his beliefs. "Get God's Attention By Being An Atheist" is about seeking joy without fear of religious retribution.
"It's a cheeky song playing with these different ideas of whether or not you can have blind faith or whether you need to antagonize God into believing in you," Barnes said in a Songfacts interview
. "We're always worried about us believing in God, but it's more important that God believes in you. So it's playing off that idea, and also with the carpe diem chants in the choruses it's about not being afraid of life: not letting society or conventionality prevent you from exploring your psyche, exploring your sexuality, exploring all levels of your human experience."