It was about touring and girlfriends and love and everything that’s been important to us in the past few years. There’s a line in the song that goes, ‘I know the world’s a broken bone, but melt your headaches, call it home.’ I told Brendon to pay special attention to that line. —Ryan Ross
‘Build god, then we’ll talk' is a line from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Choke. Part of the lyrics (There are no raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses / It’s sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses at the shade of the sheets and before all the stains / add a few more of your least favorite things) is a reference to “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.
“Me and Brendon sing back and forth, everyone is doing backup vocals on it — it was definitely the most group sounding [song]. In the last refrain, the ‘reinvent love’ thing kind of just summed up the whole process."
Spin regarded it as the centerpiece of the record, calling it “a sunshine pop sing-along that’s as blindingly bright.” Another critic called it “the track everyone will want to see the band play live,” noting that its “brass backing and glorious string-based crescendo are that of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys.” When the Day Met the Night is the only love song on Pretty.Odd.