This track is a pairing of the Bright Eyes' song "Method Acting" with Neil Young's "Cortez The Killer
." Dave Rawlings told Billboard
magazine that the medley was inspired during a tour he did with Bright Eyes, for whom he's contributed to a couple of albums. "One of the songs we played every night was 'Method Acting,' which was always a song I responded to," Rawlings recalled. "I found myself sitting on a couch a year later, strumming it... and at some point I realized it went into 'Cortez the Killer,' which was a really important song for me when I was a teenager. I have a really emotional attachment to both of those songs, so it's nice to have versions of them out there. It gives me a reason to sing them."