Conor Oberst admitted that though the lyrics for this melancholic song make sense to him, many will find it difficult to connect the dots. "To some people it might just sound like words scrambled, but to me there is a logical progression to it all," he explained to NME
. "If you boil it down, it's some of attempt at forgiveness or redemption. It's about a ceasefire amongst yourself and the world. It's a wish list of things that I wish could be settled – but maybe it's too late."