This song finds Matthew Murphy singing about a violent relationship. He commented to NME
: "'Be Your Shadow' was kind of positive to me. I guess there was a kind of 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
' that I was trying to push. Isn't that like the essence of being romantic? Just being prepared to take as much s--t as someone can throw at you and then still be loving back? I never thought about it as being in an abusive relationship. It's more of a twisted way of saying, ' I'd do anything to stay with you.' Maybe it's a love of playing the victim as well."