Most of the tracks on Modern Vampires of the City
reference at least in part fleeting youth and impending responsibility. On this song we hear Koenig ask:. "I wanna know, does it bother you? The low click of a ticking clock?" He told Q
magazine: "There was all this momentum for four years and then, when we stopped touring Contra, suddenly there was time to reflect. I started to feel this weird sense of malaise and all these different thoughts started creeping into my mind. It's not a midlife crisis but it is a bit of space."
Koenig added that "Don't Lie" is a sequel to the band's more carefree earlier songs "M79
" and "White Sky
." "Over the course of those three songs," he said, " s--t gets progressively real. There's this last romantic appeal to enjoy the daydreamy world of the city but it's clear that already time is running out. Suddenly it's winter."