"A&E" was composed as a collaborative effort between Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory in 2007 in a recording studio near Somerset, England. Its lyrics were inspired by Goldfrapp's visit to the emergency department of a hospital on a Saturday afternoon.
The doctors "pumped her up with loads of painkillers" and she described the situation as a "bit surreal." According to Goldfrapp, the song is a metaphor for a horrible…
It's a blue, bright blue Saturday, hey, hey
And the pain has starting to slip away, hey, hey
I'm in a backless dress on a pastel ward that's shining
Think I want you still but it may be pills at work