This is the title track of Ian Axel's debut album, This Is The New Year. New Jersey singer-songwriter told the story of the song in an interview with PopEater: "When I first started opening my mouth and singing, I would sing about my family. I don't know how to say 'I love you' to them and I wanted to be able to, so I started writing several songs for them. It's changed a lot, but I went home for Thanksgiving and being away from home for a while and coming home, you can see all the dysfunction. I'm ready to take the next step in talking to them. While writing 'Gone' I was thinking about what if something were to happen to me today or tomorrow and I never got to say the things that I've always wanted to say?"
In The Beatles "When I'm 64," Paul McCartney asks a woman if she'll still be there for him when he's 64. In 2006, he got his answer when shortly before his 64th birthday, he and Heather Mills separated.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.