This synth-pop number cane from an emotionally difficult time for Metric frontwoman Emily Haines. "It's kind of intense to look back on the writing of it, because it was a pretty heavy time in New York where I remember going through this thing of a lot of people leaving," she told Entertainment Weekly. "Everybody was moving to LA, and the people staying were wondering, 'Why are we staying? If they were leaving, why aren't we leaving?' It's just a sense of the larger awareness of how do you know when it's the end of a chapter."
"The song is pretty emotionally intense," Haines added. "I don't know that I could have put more of my heart into that vocal."
In The Beatles "When I'm 64," Paul McCartney asks a woman if she'll still be there for him when he's 64. In 2006, he got his answer when shortly before his 64th birthday, he and Heather Mills separated.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.