Mike Gordon's songs are often inspired by dreams. The former Phish bassist told Rolling Stone magazine: "When I wrote 'Andelman's Yard' I had this reoccurring dream about burrowing tunnels in my neighborhood. Dreams are my guide posts in my career and if I'm onstage having an incredible jam, I kind of link to some dream I had the night before or one of these reoccurring dreams."
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.