In the first verse of this song, there's a reference to the rise and the fall of the British Empire, which leads into a scathing lyric about a deceitful cheat. It sounds like a political song, but Alarm frontman/lyricist Mike Peters
had something different in mind. "It is in fact an attempt to explore the thin line between love and hate," he told Record
magazine. "To write a song about how people can have fistfights and violently argue with each other without it detracting from their relationship."