Speaking in an interview with The Irish Times
, Koenig said that Vampire Weekend do collages rather than tell stories. He cited this song's hook as an example.
"The chorus is just a series of little phrases: 'the gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out,'" Koenig explained. "That's a collage, two little clichéd phrases stuck together that creates a feeling, maybe about aging, maybe about a relationship to music. But it's a feeling that is bigger than its units."