Most of the album was recorded before the event, but Neil Young wrote this song after Kurt Cobain's death. Cobain quoted Young's lyric, "It's better to burn out than fade away" (from "My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)
") in his suicide note. This affected Neil, who was inspired musically by Kurt Cobain and Nirvana on Sleeps With Angels
. Young, in turn, was an influence on Nirvana and the whole Grunge scene, as loud, distorted guitars were his thing in the late '70s.