Björk started writing this song about "a grocer, very close to me, in a little shop." She told Sounds in 1987: "Then I found out it was about some old guy who's living close to me... it changed very often. Then finally, I just had to write it down, and I sort of collected memories together in my head, like when I was a kid, all old men that influenced me sort of erotically, without doing anything, really. Men at 50 and stuff like that. But, you know, without doing anything... so that's the feeling."
She added: "It was only an atmosphere I was trying to describe. The only thing I was doing consciously, that was mixing together pure innocence and pure... well, not danger, but something, you know, evil. Evil in an unreal way."