Reilly, who is an outspoken songwriter from Illinois, told Songfacts about this song. Said Reilly: "I couldn't pay my f--king electric bill so I thought if one of my kids could become a Hip-Hop singer we might be able to stay afloat. To my great disappointment, I imagined that the same child would become a born-again Christian. So I took to the road with my band and our paths eventually crossed... that is the path of my son and I. Like so many religious types, he feels the need to push his beliefs onto others. He seems to think my soul needs saving so he gives it a try. In the confusion of conflict, he is shot dead. That's one version. That's the version I'm sticking with today."