A protest song inspired by the Iraq War, this finds songwriter Colin Melroy attacking elements of the American foreign policy under George W. Bush. He told The Sun in a 2015 interview the track was him "trying to make sense of the George W. Bush doctrine at that time."
The video was the first ever to be originally released for online distribution via BitTorrent. It was co-produced by Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie who also makes a cameo appearance along with his band mate Chris Walla.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."