Speaking about the track for Song Exploder
, Annie Clark explained the lyric "I have lost a hero" is about "our collective heroes" but also is "very personal". She said:
"2016 was like the Earth was like, 'Let's purge the Earth of geniuses.' It's very silly to make something like David Bowie's death about me. I mean, it has nothing to do with me, but I will say I was really affected and I cried – I cried for somebody I didn't even know. I don't know if I've done that before.
A lot of people were affected by his death. [It was like], 'You can't die.' And then Prince a few months later, and then Leonard Cohen. It was just like, 'What in the world is going on?' But [the song isn't] just about our big heroes."