This is one of two songs on Spare Ribs
where Williamson writes about his childhood, the other being "Mork n Mindy
," which is set five years later. He explained to Mojo
how the two tracks were triggered by lockdown thoughts after he injured his back.
"Gyms closed, so I was in the garden, going like the clappers, trying to make up for exercise I would have done at the gym, and obviously I haven't got any of the apparatus. I had an operation on my back when I was a kid - I was born with a mild form of spina bifida where the nerves in my back were all tangled up and a little bit dodgy. When I was about 10 or 11, it got to the point where I couldn't walk so I went to the hospital and this crack team of surgeons sorted it out. But every now and then I get an injury because its quite a sensitive area.
Especially this time round, I was full of codeine and every painkiller going and I started thinking about childhood. I spoke to one of the surgeons at Queen's Med (Medical Centre) in Nottingham, and he knew the guy who did the operation so it was quite emotional and I started thinking about my childhood and where I lived and I started exploring that a bit more."