Weller is assisted on this cryptic tale of forlorn love by Noel Gallagher on guitar. He told NME of the ex Oasis axeman: "we just cracked on with it and tried lots of things together. In the end Noel played guitar on 'The Attic and bass on 'When Your Garden's Overgrown.' I brought him in because you just know you're going to get something good out of him."
An attic is a space found directly below the pitched roof of a house. The word is ultimately derived from the Attica region around Athens, Greece and it originally referred to a specific Athenian way of decorating a building and giving it symmetry and refinement. When eighteenth century English architects revived the ancient classical mode of construction, they ornamented the top floor of a house with the Athenian - "Attic" - kind of pilasters. Hence people came to refer to the top storey as the "attic."
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.