This breezy acoustic tune features apocalyptic, multi-layered lyrics, which frontman Black Francis told The Sun dwell on "the death of a relationship, the death of civilization and the death of the planet."
Mojo magazine commented that the song has a jaunty tune, but the lyrics are so bleak. Black Francis responded: "It feels like a very Velvet Underground-inspired song, like Lou Reed's Tin Pan Alley traditional chord shapes juxtaposed with the darker lyric. You know, it's just about three levels of death. A relationship, civilization and planetary – boom, boom, boom."
When "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" climbed to #1 on the Hot 100, Katy Perry became the first woman to send five songs from one album to the top of the charts. The four previous chart-toppers from her Teenage Dream set were "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework"; and, "E.T."