This is the only track that Becker wrote without the album's producer Larry Klein. Rolling Stone asked him why he made this the title track: "That was just a coincidence. Larry and I were going back and forth. He was coming to New York and I was going to California. He was working on other things and so on. And that particular tune I wrote during a holiday when he was I think on a vacation somewhere and I had taken some friends and dropped them off at the Big Apple Circus and I came home and had this idea for this thing. It's allusive with an 'a.' You don't exactly know what it means. So it's allusive and illusive. It feels like it must mean something, but you're not such which of the many things that it might mean it would be. I just thought it was a nice combination of words for a title."