As with their previous album, the majority of the songs are related to fables and the members' "favorite stories" compiled from The Brothers Grimm, except for "As You Wish", which is based on the story The Princess Bride, along with "This Is Usually The Part Where People Scream" which is based on the first season of the television series Heroes., as well as the song "All Night Dance Parties In The Underground Palace" which was written for Shawn Milke's wife. Many of the album's songs are re-recorded versions of tracks that were included on the band's 2005 EP Try This with Your Eyes Closed.
According to vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Shawn Milke, "This Is Usually the Part Where People Scream" is influenced by the television show Heroes. When the series premiered, "Save the cheerleader, save the world" closed all the promotions for Heroes which is similar to "It's a chance to save the world or lose the girl. Let's save the world. Heroes will save the day.".
"Seduction" is based on The Maiden Maleen, a tale about a girl who is trapped inside of a tower left with enough food to survive for only one year. When she finally escapes, she finds that her one true love is with another.
"A Most Profound Quiet" is a variation on the story The Robber Bridegroom in which the bridegroom is torn between loving his future wife, or killing her.
"Better Luck Next Time, Prince Charming" alludes to the tale of Snow White.
"As You Wish" is about the novel/movie The Princess Bride, from the point of view of Westley.
"Obsession Is Such an Ugly Word" is based on the Fitcher's Bird: in the tale, three sisters are captured by a wizard. One sister discovers that the other two have been slaughtered in a room that she has been given a key to, she is warned that she would pay if she opened the door.