In a Songfacts interview with Exene Cervenka
, she said: "That's real film noir there. John wrote the words on that one, and that is a pretty definitive song about racism, hatred, and all that kind of stuff. But in the punk days, it was a little different. It's hard to describe how people would think then, but people who were well-read had more literary minds and they could understand that kind of narrative. It's just a story about someone who couldn't handle the big city anymore. Very The Day of the Locust
[a 1939 novel by Nathanael West]. Just too much."
"A lot of people can't handle the city," Cervenka added. "Any city. But it's a fantasy kind of thing based on some real people and some who are fictional. I think of our songs as short stories."