Harvey told the New Musical Express January 17, 2009 that on this song, some of her backing vocals "sound like a five-year-old to me."
In an interview with The Sun March 26, 2009, the interviewer commented that the line, "cracks in the canvas are like roads that never end," is particularly effective. Harvey replied: "I was very pleased with that line. I often write lyrics that have nothing to do with music, sort of poem lyrics, and that was one of those. The starting point was a child's lullaby."