On this dark and bass-heavy track, Au/Ra explores the challenge of living with feelings of self-destruction:
You know you're your own assassin You don't need no help with that It's your back that you been stabbin' When you gonna understand?
Those moments of self-sabotage are so human, but why do we find it so easy to let our dark side take over?
Au/Ra originally wrote "Assassin" about somebody else, before realizing that she is prone to self-sabotage herself.
"I have moments where I freak out and think I make the wrong decision, kill an opportunity, or let anxiety control me, and I want people to know that it's normal to feel that way sometimes - whether you're growing up or adulating," the singer explained. "The feeling of knowing you're being self-destructive sucks, especially when you're in the moment and don't know how to break out of the pattern, but I think it's important to be able to identify the problem so you can work on fixing it."
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.
Ronnie Dunn wrote "Boot Scootin' Boogie" before he teamed up with Kix Brooks to form Brooks & Dunn. It was originally recorded by the country group Asleep At The Wheel, but Brooks & Dunn did it themselves when it got its own line dance.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.