In the term "queer" can mean gay, but in this context it means odd or different. According to Garbage drummer Butch Vig, the song is about a boy who is "queer" in this sense of the word, and his father sends him a prostitute to "make him a man." It turns out that the father also uses the prostitute and has some of the same issues, as we learn in the lyrics, "Like father, like son." The prostitute has a unique insight on their family dysfunction.
This song is one of the first completed by the band. Vocalist Shirley Manson had no prior experience of songwriting before her band mates asked her to contribute lyrics to this track.
The drums use a sample from the Australian group Single Gun Theory's song "Man Of Straw."
Drummer Butch Vig said that the lyrics were inspired by "this novel about this woman who was hired to go and make this guy's son a 'man.' The kid is missing a few marbles. But then he realizes that the women who came to his room is also f--king his father."
Most of the video is in black and white and shot from the perspective of a guy being abducted by the band. The video was nominated for Best Breakthrough Video at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.
Eddie Vedder often changes the words when he sings "Yellow Ledbetter." The basic story is about a guy whose brother dies in the first Gulf War. Apparently, bad news in the army is given in yellow envelopes.