This song was created by co-producer BJ Burton and Bon Iver mainman Justin Vernon from an acoustic demo that Vernon had made. "It was exciting," Burton recalled to Uncut, "because we hadn't done this kind of thing with his music before, vary the speed and pitch, play with tape manipulation and deterioration. All those crackles on that song are from this weird tape machine I got in Greensboro, North Carolina, from some farmer's wife for $200."
The title does not appear in the lyrics, but the Strafford Apartments may be its setting.
Sharing smoke In the stair up off the hot car lot Sun shine hard on the video spot Hm, mm, mm, mm
Vernon appears to be addressing somebody that he is smoking weed with in the Strafford apartment stairway.
Bon Iver's drummer, Sean Carey accompanies Vernon on the vocals.
Fall Out Boy's "The Kids Aren't Alright" song title is not a reference to The Offspring's 1998 single of the same name. It actually alludes to The Who's 1979 rockumentary film called The Kids Are Alright.