Granduciel is a big Bruce Springsteen fan. He was deeply affected by two of the Boss' songs, "Growin' Up
" and "My Father's House
," about Springsteen's early years and his distant relationship with his dad. The two tracks influenced his writing of "Rings Around My Father's Eyes."
"Springsteen sings and writes about his life story in a continuing narrative," said Granduciel to UK newspaper The Sun
. "Now, having a kid of my own, I wanted to open that door a little bit. For the song, I was thinking about what it means to be a father and a son."