Austin wrote this song with his friend Robert Villanueva in an unlikely place. "I like to write songs with my friend Robert. I was weird; we wrote it in my bathroom for some reason," he told MTV News. "I mean, it's a pretty random place to write a song, but I know my fans are gonna love it."
Robert Villanueva is a rapper who rose to fame by posting weekly YouNows with another of Austin's buddy's, Alex Constancio.
Austin also produced the song himself. "It's like a different vibe from all the other ones, but it's still pretty good," he told Billboard magazine.
Eddie Vedder often changes the words when he sings "Yellow Ledbetter." The basic story is about a guy whose brother dies in the first Gulf War. Apparently, bad news in the army is given in yellow envelopes.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.