This Bill Callahan song about love being his co-pilot and shared domestic life was inspired by his move to Texas and engagement to photographer and documentary maker Hanly Banks. "I kind of changed my life completely," he told Q magazine. "I just made these changes at once. I moved to a city where I had only spent a few days before, and I bought a house with a yard and a driveway. So making that change just took a lot out of me. Even learning to take care of your own house maintenance and stuff, and making music stopped for a long time."
The title of the album reflects Callahan's change of lifestyle. "It's something I've only realised maybe a year or two ago and," he told Q magazine. "How much you're in control of your life and the way you see things. I think there's dream rivers flowing by us all the time and you can choose to make that your life and your path. I guess now my attitude is I just try to love everybody. It's really the simplest way to say it."
New Order took the title for "Blue Monday" from an illustration, which read "Goodbye Blue Monday," in the Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast Of Champions. The image referred to the invention of the washing machine improving housewives' lives.