The song originated with a haunting melody that multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd had that came to a crescendo. Vocalist Wayne Coyne told MusicRadar.com
: "We didn't have lyrics for it, but we knew that it was a big moment when it breaks into [sings] 'Tryyyyyy to explaaaaain!' When I heard it, I really tried to sing what I thought the music was saying. The nature of the song is shattered by this emotion.
"I didn't dwell on it that much, but I think that people read into it as my life is like that," he added. "Elements are like that, but I think that's the same for everybody, where your mind is left tortured by something that's unanswerable. 'Try to explain, I don't think I understand' - and you never get an explanation. To me, that sounds like the way people think."