For Realism, Merritt banished instrumentation that needed to be plugged in, making it totally acoustic. The only exception was this track, which incorporates subtly an electric guitar. Merritt explained: "That's because the original track dates back to 1986, remaining unreleased until now: It had been waiting for me to do my folk album, and here I am, doing my folk album."
Merritt also avoided using a traditional drum kit on the record. He admitted the sound on this track "is kind of drum-like, but I think they are bongos."