This song fuses Portland resident Steven Malkmus' fantasy about the Green Tortoise bus – a cheap way of getting from San Francisco to Portland in the 1970s – with an encounter he had with a "ne'er-do-well hippy guy," who declared that the people who died in the Twin Towers on 9/11 deserved their fate because they were working for The Man. "It's a Portland song, but it's Portland in the 80s, before I was here," Malkmus explained to Uncut magazine, "when cinema and was avant garde and lesbianism was shocking to some people."
"Joanna (Bolme, bass) was worried the title might be un-PC, so I asked our publicist in New York," he added. "He's like, 'No. Those cinnamon and there's lesbians. What's the problem?'"