Inspiration for this song came to Robert Smith when he was dealing with his self-doubt, and when reading an article about Rohipnol, which became known as "the date rape drug," but what Robert would take for anxiety when he traveled by plane. Said Smith: "It helped me overcome, not quite a phobia, but I was incredibly loath to get on a plane for seven years. It helped me break through that barrier. I found the outcry that surrounded Rohipnol was a lot of it rubbish basically. The senses that I experienced were not like that. Not that I was ever date raped, but the images that they used were quite powerful, the testimony of the women involved. I used some of that and wove it in with this particular experience, then tried to marry to the idea of what I sometimes perceive as my own decline over the years since Disintegration. I tried to put myself in context to how I felt then and how I feel now."