The title for this song and album was derived from an issue of National Geographic
, which contained an article headed: "Where Can the Wolf Survive?" Drummer and songwriter, Louie Perez
, told Rolling Stone
this headline resonated with Los Lobos, who had struggled for success in the US having come from Mexican roots: "It was like our group, our story: What is this beast, this animal that the record companies can't figure out? Will we be given the opportunity to make it or not?"