This song was inspired by a line in the poem Howl
by Allen Ginsberg: "Machine says I saw the best minds of my generation." Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale is a big fan of Ginsberg; the "Everything Zen
" lyric "Rain Dogs howl for the century" is a reference to the Ginsberg poem Howl
When he spoke with Songfacts in 2017
, he said: "I like that sort of Ginsberg-y, stream-of-consciousness approach to words, rather than, say, country songwriting where there are narratives and stories and places and names and descriptions."