Lyrics A number of reviewers have queried what "sex is on fire" means, with many opting for burning venereal disease. Lead vocalist Caleb Followill joked on his record label's website that "there's always been an element of sex in our music, so I thought I'd just wrap it all up in one song and be done with the sex for the rest of the record. Depending on whether a song starts with a melody or starts with lyrics, you know if it starts with a melody you just keep playing the melody over and over until you get it down and just throw in any lyrics that fit the verbal flow. Sex On Fire was just kind of a little lyric just to fill in to kill some time until we could actually write something that wasn't about sex and fire.
Composition[ edit ] In an interview with Robbie, Marieke and the Doctor on Australian radio station Triple J , Nathan Followill explained that the band never intended the song to be named "Sex on Fire", and that it was not intended to be about sexuality. They were totally different lyrics. Depending on whether a song starts with a melody or starts with lyrics, you know if it starts with a melody you just keep playing the melody over and over until you get it down and just throw in any lyrics that fit the verbal flow. It was actually going to be "Set Us on Fire", but one of the sound mixers in the studio walked in as we were playing and said, "'Sex on Fire', huh? Digital Spy rated the song four stars out of five, describing it as "A truly stirring single that will be a definite highlight on their winter arena tour. However, Caleb Followill originally thought the song was "terrible";  according to Spin Magazine it was almost ditched during recording.