The line, "Everyone sings of a god they have known, now I have a god of my own," came to Francis Rossi when he was watching a television program about kids who went to boarding school. A young kid was talking about how lonely it could seem at school, and he said, "Everyone talks of a god they know, but now I've got a god of my own, and I'm fine."
"I remember thinking, That's a great line: 'Now I have a god of my own,'" Rossi said in our interview
. "People should just have a god of their own without trying to sell it to somebody else."