This sober ode to life and death is one of several tracks that deal with mortality on What We Saw From The Cheap Seats. "There's a lot of mortality in the world," Spektor explained to UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph. "I'm very Russian Jewish in that way. Like, even when I was very young that was always in my head... time, life, death. I was very excited and smiley – like I am now – but you definitely have a lot of worries as a kid and you develop magical thinking to deal with it, to prevent the bad stuff from happening. As life goes on you accept there's a lot you can't control, that things just happen."
George Harrison's 1971 song "Bangla Desh" was the first major charity single. It was part of a concert held to bring relief to the people of Bangladesh, who were fighting for independence and suffering from a famine.