This song was written in reference to the craze generated by Franz Liszt, a 19th century Hungarian composer known for being ahead of his time.
Phoenix singer Thomas Mars told the Washington DC free newspaper Express (Source Lisztomania Songfacts): "We liked the idea that it's just a mash-up, that our songs bring in influences from everywhere. I think that Franz Liszt was one of them; there were other things, visuals. And maybe it was the fact that we grew up… read more
So sentimental, not sentimental no
Romantic not discussing it
Darling, I'm down and lonely
when with the fortunate only