Neko Case told American Songwriter magazine that this eerie a cappella cut recounts an exchange that she overheard while waiting for a bus in Hawaii: "The song is a verbatim conversation between a mother and daughter and it was really heartbreaking," she said. "And I still think about that kid every day. I just wanted to feel that kid. Then again, at the same time, when her mother yelled that at her she just kept singing her little song and I thought that was kind of awesome, but I also knew that that kid was going to pay for it later, too, because that's what happens."
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.