Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd wrote the music for this song prior to the disbanding of Soundgarden in April 1997. He recalled in a commentary video: ''I remember moving to Kingston – we lived downtown and [you] look out on the beach and the water and stuff, 'cause It's a bay, it goes like that. And there was this huge, like, fake Hollywood lettering – 'TAREE' – and it was all totally overgrown."
Vocalist Chris Cornell added the lyrics after the band reconvened in 2010. ''It was my love song to the natural side of the north west where I grew up," he explained. "I never lost that feeling. To me, that's what Taree's about."
Several of King Animal's tracks are in unusual time signatures, including this one, which is in 14/4 time.
John Lennon's lead guitar work on Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice" proved to be his final creative act. It was upon their return home after completing laying down the track that Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman.