Price and Ivey originally wrote this song in a local coffee shop, when Barack Obama was president, splitting up the verses. The song was recorded in three takes one night a few years later layering in sound clips from the likes of Presidents Nixon and Clinton inspired by Simon & Garfunkel's version
of "Silent Night
"I remember, as a kid, getting stoned and putting on headphones and listening to that," Ivey told American Songwriter
. "It's such a great statement, of how something so violent can be so peaceful."