Paul Weller explained to Mojo magazine June 2008 that this was inspired by the youngest of his five kids, Mac: "I was on a beach in Spain, he was rushing towards the sea, with no sense of fear, with me calling to him and he couldn't hear me. All he could see was the sea in front of him and he was just going for it. It just seemed like a brilliant metaphor for living your life."
Ian from Cardiff, United KingdomThis song has genuine depth.As a father I recall the child in me as well as my own son's joy and therefore 'sheets of time' are woven together. Five years ago I lost my 32-year-old brother-in-law (he died in a car crash). He was a sprinter and personal trainer and so there is another more poinant layer to this song to me. tears of joy and tears of sadness-now that is a SONG!