Corey Taylor explained the song's title to Kerrang!
: "It's pronounced 'XX,' but it's supposed to represent a couple of different things," he said. "It's the 19th year of the band's existence, and it's also a metaphor for stage two, because track one on the Iowa
album was '515
,' and this is XIX, So in Roman numerals it's almost like a double of that. So it represents a new start, and seeing where the road leads to."
Taylor added: "Lyrically, it's really about getting back up on your feet after getting smashed in the mouth, basically. It's just kind of the start of, you know, what would become to me the second stage of the band's career."