The Soft Bulletin album title came from a lyric in this song.
What was this, I thought, that struck me?
What kind of weapons have they got?
The softest bullet ever shot?
Frontman Wayne Coyne explained to Mojo magazine: "I had the line 'the softest bullet ever shot' in 'The Spark that Bled.' I loved the word 'bulletin,' the idea of an urgent statement, but it's a soft version, without any distortion, feedback or noise. We were telling each other what we were feeling, singing about being friends, and deep, sad, personal stuff, which was so cornball, but brave too. It wasn't something that bands that wanted to be cool would ever do."