Wainwright spoke of the song's genesis, and legacy, in an interview with the A.V. Club
: "That's a kind of strange, long, allegorical song. I just kind of made that one up about somebody, although the idea of not being able to cry is an interesting one, particularly for men. The exciting thing about that one is that Johnny Cash recorded it, which was a huge thrill, to have somebody of his stature think it was good enough to record. I always think of that when I think of that song."
Cash recorded the song during a live performance at the Viper Room nightclub in Los Angeles. It was released on his 1994 American Recordings