The son of a US Army Air Corps officer (later a US Air Force Major General), Kris Kristofferson joined the Army and achieved the rank of Captain. He later became a helicopter pilot after receiving flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama but gave up a military career in 1965 to pursue songwriting. On this song he recalls a scene witnessed from the air, while flying helicopters over the Gulf of Mexico.
Jay-Z's 2012 "Glory" features his daughter Blue Ivy Carter's cries and coos. At less than two days old, she became the youngest ever credited artist to feature on a Billboard chart when the song debuted on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at #74.