This paean to patience in love and everything else was inspired by the loyalty shown to Death Row prisoner Damien Echols by his wife Lorri Davis. Echols is one of the three men, known as the West Memphis Three, who were convicted in the killing of eight-year-olds Steve Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore at Robin Hood Hills, West Memphis, Arkansas, on May 5, 1993. The case has received considerable attention and many critics charge that the arrests and convictions were a miscarriage of justice. Echols' case has seen significant support from numerous musicians, including Vedder. In 2006, Echols contributed lyrics to the song "Army Reserve", on Pearl Jam's self-titled album.
Lorri Davis' devoted efforts to clear her husband's name were finally rewarded in August 2011 when the West Memphis Three were all freed after spending more than 18 years in prison.