"Naeem" was first performed in Washington, DC in December 2017. It was later used as the finale in Come Through
, a collaboration between Bon Iver and the dance troupe TU Dance. The shows, which took place in the summer of 2018, featured a group of contemporary dancers during which several new Bon Iver songs were premiered. Vernon told Apple Music
why he decided to include the track on I, I
"It just seemed very anthemic, and a very important part of whatever this record was going to be. It feels really nice to have a little bit more straightforward–not always bombastic, not always sonically trying to flip your lid or something."