This track sports lead vocals by guitarist Jeff Tuttle, as well as Beach Boys-styled harmonies and a major-key Ben Weinman guitar solo. Possibly the biggest departure on the album from the band's usual sound, Weinman commented regarding the assorted directions and sonic vistas on Option Paralysis: "We're just trying to make music we can be stimulated by. We consider ourselves songwriters, which is kind of odd when you consider the kind of band most would consider us."
Bassist Liam Wilson told The Associated Press: "Arguably the biggest departure from our perceived center of gravity, this song counter-balances everything the record has been slashing and burning up to this point. It's a true parasitic twin living off the rest of the album, giving the vocal abilities of Jeff their day in court on the verses, hauntingly-harmonizing with Greg [Puciato, lead vocals] on the pre-chorus and fully passing the baton off to him for the 'claw-fingered' jazz-hands choruses."
In The Beatles "When I'm 64," Paul McCartney asks a woman if she'll still be there for him when he's 64. In 2006, he got his answer when shortly before his 64th birthday, he and Heather Mills separated.
Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" opens with the South African female singer Letta Mbulu saying the Swahili phrase "Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe." There was some geographic liberty here, as Swahili is not spoken in the West African nation of Liberia.
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.