Wainwright didn't write this song about himself - at least not consciously - but it ended up being on the nose. Speaking with Rolling Stone
, he explained: "There was a friend of mine, sort of an acquaintance. Someone I was romantically obsessed with, this impossible love. He was pretty much a prostitute, and a drug addict, and gorgeous. I wrote the song about him, but it's fascinating how little it really is about him at all, and how much it is about myself."