Like many Kinks songs, it is stylistically influenced by the British Music Hall. It also has a slight country influence—with the mesh of these two styles being a hallmark of the album.
The lyrics simply celebrate, in a joyously humorous way, the British custom of drinking tea, and the civility that comes with it. Some absurd claims are made of the drink in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, such as "It's a cure for tonsilitis and for water on the knee."
Yet the song also wittily observes
"Whatever the situation, whatever the race or creed,