This song was inspired by a dream in which all Alela Diane's anxieties came together. She explained to The Sunday Times January 18, 2009: "I woke up at 5am, scrawled down the words and fell back to sleep. When I woke up, all those lyrics were there, and it was about the house I grew up in, straight out of a memory. We had this rifle hanging above the French doors - a great-grandperson's thing that didn't work any more - next to some antlers that my mom got at a thrift store or something."
The Pirate's Gospel album was originally self-released by Alela Diane in 2004. Two years later after amassing devotees on the internet, it was re-issued in revised form by Holocene Music. The following year, the employees of the Rough Trade record store chain named it their album of the year.
In The Beatles "When I'm 64," Paul McCartney asks a woman if she'll still be there for him when he's 64. In 2006, he got his answer when shortly before his 64th birthday, he and Heather Mills separated.
It has long been speculated that the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun" came from the name of a sculpture in Seattle, but according to their frontman Chris Cornell the title came from a phrase he misheard on the news. The band's name did come from a sculpture.
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.