Libertines frontman Pete Doherty told NME
about the song: "Gunga Gin is a true Libertines amalgamation, in the proper old-fashioned sense of the word. There is a lot in there – there's a Peter Wolf lyric in there, which you'll probably pick out: 'Woke up again, to my chagrin'. We're not really pessimistic on that level, that's pure Peter Wolf pessimism. There's a middle eight borrowed from Billie Holliday: 'I've got those Monday blues, straight through Sunday blues', from the song 'Good Morning Heartache
'. There's a nice Doherty and Barat singalong chorus. I think there's a bit of Gary in there as well to be honest."