Written by lead singer Mark Hollis with the band's producer Tim Friese-Greene, this song is about a prostitute, sung from the perspective of a man taking pity on her. "'Dum Dum Girl' isn't miserable, I just think of it as an anti-prostitution song, that's what it is," Hollis explained in Record Mirror. "I think the songs have got to be sung with feeling, so they've got to be written with feeling."
In Gary Numan's "Cars," the message is that cars lead to a mechanical society devoid of personal interaction. This didn't stop automakers from using it in commercials. Both Nissan and Oldsmobile have used it in ads.