The song's opening riff had been sitting around for a while, but though the band felt strongly about it, they weren't sure what to do with the idea. "It had a, dare I say, 'modern-feeling' to it, said Billy Corgan to MusicRadar.com
, "but still in the style of guitar that I like to play."
"Ultimately, I just sat down and wrote the song on the piano," he continued. "Sometimes, when you've got a riffy song, it helps to just play the chords with no rhythm, and then you hear the 'song' in it. It's those very Paul McCartney/Wings-type chords - Broadway-type chords."