In 2011 frontman Anthony Gonzalez organised a crowd-sourced audition for a multi-instrumentalist to join the M83 tour. Nineteen-year-old Jordan Lawlor, also known by his stage name J. Laser, was chosen and this song marks his debut songwriting and lead vocal contribution.
Eddie Vedder often changes the words when he sings "Yellow Ledbetter." The basic story is about a guy whose brother dies in the first Gulf War. Apparently, bad news in the army is given in yellow envelopes.