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."