This song details the final breaths of a faithful canine. Wild Beasts' Tom Fleming told NME: "It's about a dog dying, which is tragic because dogs think they are people. We all think we're something we are not, we all die, and we're all tied to a post and left behind."
The main lyrical theme that runs through Present Tense is the expectancy to live life a certain way and stepping out of that cycle. Singer Hayden Thorpe explained to DIY magazine: "This album is about the compromise of human nature, and it's about the powers that be. We're a little bit more aware of them now. Like most people, I seemed to go through a mid-twenties crisis. You kind of glide through this extended childhood. You pop out the other side at twenty-four, twenty-five and all of a sudden you have to stand for something."
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.