Jeffrey Lewis explained to About.com that this song expresses his "dismay at certain aspects of a life in music." He added: "It wasn't that I was complaining, but that I'd found myself making a living from my music, surviving by these songs, and it was a weird position for me. I was wondering whether that was the right thing to do with my life, and whether that life was, in and of itself, satisfactory. And there're things I still question. I do believe that what I'm doing has worth, has value, but I'm not on some big quest to have my voice heard by millions."
City and Eastern Songs was the first occasion when Jeffrey Lewis' brother Jack was given equal billing on an album.
The TV show Cheers was nearly canceled after its first season, but the theme song, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," was very popular. To satisfy viewer demand, the theme was made into a full song and released as a single.
Ronnie Van Zant wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme Three Steps" after making the mistake of dancing with a girl whose boyfriend was in the bar and probably had a gun. He asked for a 3-step head start.