Like the album's lead single, "A Perfect Day Elise
," the opening track, "Angelene," takes inspiration from a short story by American author J.D. Salinger. "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" is about a lawyer named Arthur who discovers his wife has been unfaithful. Harvey's song, about a prostitute who longs for real love, is a much different story, but the two tales are connected by a bit of verse. Angelene introduces herself as "the prettiest mess you've ever seen," addingRose is my color, and white
Pretty mouth and green my eyes
The lyric is taken from a poem Arthur wrote about his wife. In the 1951 short story, he tells his friend:
"I start thinking about this goddam poem I sent her when we first started goin' around together. 'Rose my color is and white, Pretty mouth and green my eyes.' Christ, it's embarrassing – it used to remind me of her."