Earle sings here in the character of a defeated, angry, jobless man, bewildered about what happened to his dreams and contemplating burning down his local Wal-Mart. Earle told Mojo magazine: "He's got a pretty elaborate rig in his truck so he's probably doing more than thinking about it. It's not me, it's the character saying it, but I feel strongly about Wal-Mart and the song says in a very strong way what I feel, so I took the rest. Now I've got to pray that nobody actually burns a Wal-Mart down."
The song features accordion by the alternative country singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, who is the little sister of Nashville artist Shelby Lynne.
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.
"White "Christmas" was so popular that Bing had to re-record the song five years after the original 1942 recording because the original masters had been worn out from all the pressings. This is the version that became a holiday tradition.