Clyne: "That song is about my awakening to individual or national course of empire, and what I mean by that is, lately, as people of the world are gaining more and more sources of information, I think there's a general awakening as to what it really means to be part of a nation, and our nation is imperial, by its nature. It's interesting to find that your actions, simple things like turning the key on a car, or even paying your taxes, have global consequences. There's a certain callousness I kept in the character there in his responsibility to the consequences of what's going on. The song is a representation, it's a representation of what it feels like to understand responsibility, and I purposely, in that song, have that character, in a way, recognize that responsibility, and he turns his back on it. It's not as simple, it's not as happy-go-lucky, and it's not as carefree as "Banditos
," but it could be the same character a little down the road, which could be me. The character in Americano! says, 'The blood is on my hands because I put down the money and I made up the plan,' there's a certain recognition of that consequence there. I wanted there to be a tragic element in it, because he's clearly on the run, and that's an uncomfortable place to be, and torn between two things: between two different kinds of pursuits of happiness. He's divorced himself from that. That character has turned his back on reckoning, reconciliation: 'It's in my blood to live for the kill, that God only knows I want to stay and love you.' He's made a choice to be torn in two, and that's a tough way to live."