You called me from a payphone
They still got pay phones
It cost a dollar a minute
To tell me you're getting sober
And you wrote me a letter
But I don't have to read it
The lyric observing that Japan "still" has pay phones was made up by Bridgers. She told American Songwriter
it was inspired by a This American Life episode where they reference a payphone in Japan right by where the 2011 tsunami happened. "People can come and talk to their deceased loved ones," she explained. "That stuck in my head."
However, when Bridgers started doing Japanese phone interviews to promote the single release, someone told her, "You know, we do have payphones! They're old and gross, but it's funny that you noticed that." The singer thought to herself, "Woah, I guess they do still have them."