Santigold explained the meaning of this deeply personal jam to Spin magazine: "It's getting out a bunch of anger inside about the death of my dad," she said.
The singer admitted to NME, "I'm the least political person I know." Despite this, there is still a political bent to several tracks on Master Of My Make-Believe, including this one. "I connected with all the things that were happening while I was making this album - earthquakes, riots - on a human level, not a political one," she clarified. "I wanted to express how f---ed up everything was."
Santigold told Spin that she matched the song's angry emotion with an "epic" sound, layering her vocals, "into my own choir and getting producer Greg Kurstin to play percussion on a glass bottle to match a marimba sound. "It's really grand. It's my way of painting a musical landscape. These songs are multi-layered and ambitious sounding, like a Peter Gabriel epic," she said.
The singer elaborated on the song's glass bottle percussion to Billboard magazine: "On this one song, we did a whole section that has a bottle used as the percussion, so there's layers upon layers of Greg Kurstin playing a bottle and literally filling it with different layers of water, and stacking each note. Mixed with a marimba and taiko drums!"