There were times during the COVID-19 pandemic when it seemed like the world was ending, especially if you lived in New York City, which was hit hard and where many apocalyptic books and movies take place.
Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth And The Catapult) wrote the song in August 2020 after riding out the pandemic in the city for months. The lyric is based on her often surreal encounters, like with an old man smoking on her doorstep, no longer concerned that smoking will kill him because he's sure the virus will first. The chorus portends doom:Tell your mother that you love her
And tell your boyfriend you wish him well
'Cause the birds and the bees they've all come to agree
That no one's gonna save them now
"It was just this convergence of all these conversations I had had with my family, friends, a neighbor, a stranger in the deli, about how we were coping with this new reality, and it kind of reads as a diary entry," Ziman explained on the Songfacts Podcast
. "But it's very descriptive, like this is what's going on, and then like a PSA the chorus is like, Stay home! Wear your mask!
So, I got it all in there. That's how it felt for me."