The "Rage against the dying light" lyric is the opening line of the Dylan Thomas poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
. Gustav Wood said: "I've wanted to put it in a song for ages – you have to be a magpie and collect little bits and pieces. And that's really important, because if you sit down to write a song and you've got nothing in the bank, that's a really difficult place to be."
Originally published in the journal Botteghe Oscure
in 1951, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
's connotation with death and endings has been much used in film and television.
The "rage against the dying light" line was previously used by Garbage in their 2012 track "Big Bright World