At a South By Southwest concert at Stubb's BBQ, Michael Stipe dedicated this track as part of a trilogy of political songs with "Final Straw" (from 2004 album Around The Sun
) and "Bad Day
," (from 2003 album In Time
) to the late actor Heath Ledger. The REM frontman said that the late actor had heard the song and liked it when R.E.M. began working on it. He closed the performance with the salutation, "Goodbye Heath, we loved you."