Richard Thompson conveys the thoughts and feelings of a troubled US soldier stationed in Iraq during this anti -war anthem. He explained to Uncut: "It's a clarification full the audience. It's a: 'This is what the politicians say about the war, and this is what the war is really about.' It's clearly two different things. The most devastating consequence of the war is that someone you know has died. Good and bad is irrelevant."
The song's lyrics make extensive use of US military slang. (The "Dad" of the title is GI slang for "Baghdad").
That's Nickel Creek founding member Sara Watkins playing the fiddle.
This song was used for the closing montage of the first episode of Sons of Anarchy's third season.