This is the first single from Paul Simon's twelfth studio album, So Beautiful Or So What. The song premiered on National Public Radio on November 16, 2010.
The song is about an uncle wondering about the fate of his nephew, who is serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. It is built around a sample recorded in 1941 of the last sermon by pre-war American Christian preacher and gospel singer, Reverend J.M. Gates.