Of the 2003 Iraq War, Harper stated "Our famous leader took us into an illegal war and killed thousands of children. Was that cool? Or was it all just a myth?..." 
The 13 minute single was "...conceived out of (the) disgust I feel whenever war is used as some kind of solution..." (see cover notes). the lyrics contain various stories rolled into one, those of "The emigrant, the soldier, the bomber, the leader, and "God!".
Harper dedicated the single to the memory of Ali HaderVC, of the 6th/13th Frontier Force Rifles, Indian Army (Pakistan). "...who helped to get me out of a bit of a jam with Adolf in '45...".