Hawley sings of a man who chooses to live an isolated existence on this allegorical noir-folk ballad. The song was inspired by a 17th-century Sheffield headstone, which Hawley discovered during a country walk with his dog. He told The Guardian: "It's about George Yardley, a charcoal-burner and solitary man who's buried there. It's tapping into that deep folk tradition, the wood spirits and all that."
The song finds Hawley detailing his own funeral. He told Mojo magazine: "It's not like I'm happy about my own death, but it's good to make sense of where we go. So I want trees surrounding my grave, and when they grow I want them chopped down and made into an instrument. To have your molecules go into a violin or a guitar: I thought, if that's all death is, then that's fine. We've all got to deal with this s--t."