This song is representative of much of Got Your Six's lyrical content. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory said, "Lyrically Ivan [Moody] dug deep and revealed a lot of his personal struggles. We live life in the fast lane as is, so if you chose to burn the candle on both ends... There will be HELL TO PAY."
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.