This is a personal favorite of frontman Ben Bridwell. He explained why to Q magazine: "I'm a bit oblivious to my own craft sometimes," he said, "and that was a really shi--y demo that I didn't think had any chance of making it even to the point of playing it in the studio, but the guys in the band urged me to bring that one out. Both Glyn (Johns, producer) and myself weren't feeling it until the whole band played it, then it took on a new life. Lyrically the theme is very cohesive, whereas a lot of my songs can bounce around subjects a lot. So I'm really proud of that one."
"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.