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."
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.