When asked by MTV News to choose their favorite Push and Shove track, guitarist Tom Dumont nominated this tune. He explained: "As we were writing it, we were trying to do this prom song, and there's just something about it that I love. It has this amazing ending that ends the album really powerfully."
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.