The actor Dabney Coleman was an unlikely influence on this song. Daniel explained that he enjoyed the work of Coleman, especially his TV show Buffalo Bill
. In an interview with The A.V. Club
, he explained: "Dabney Coleman was more of just a starting point. I was talking at lunch with someone about needing ideas for songs, and also how much I liked Dabney Coleman, and they were like, 'Well, there's the song you need to write.' The one thing I could think of to say was that I felt like I got Dabney Coleman in a way that a lot of people don't. So the line, 'Nobody gets me but you' came from that."