was critical of some of Van Dyke Parks lyrics, including those to this song. He told Uncut
magazine March 2008: "I asked Van Dyke what a particular set of lyrics meant and he said, 'I haven't a clue, Mike.' I termed some of his lyrical contributions 'acid alliteration.' Some of the stuff was phenomenal, but I looked at things from an objective commercial point of view. Whether it's a strength or weakness. I said, 'Is it going to relate to the public to the degree that they can identify with the message and the lyrics?'"