Robyn explained the song's meaning to Pop Justice: "With 'Cry When You Get Older' those lyrics were totally just taken out of the air and then when they came together they started meaning something – I think what they mean is that sometimes I wish I could go back to when I was 22 and just say, 'don't be so worried about everything. Do what you LIKE. It's going to be okay!'. You get to a point – I've just turned thirty – where you realize 'I'm not as afraid any more'. And I wish I could go back and tell myself that when I was younger. But it's impossible."