Frontman and songwriter Craig Finn is a Catholic and his faith informs his songs including this power ballad. He told The Sun July 18, 2008: "I go to church - not every Sunday but I go. I get something out of it. I don't think my version of Catholicism would have the endorsement of the Pope but I find a calm and a good feeling when I go. I spent so much time in Catholic schools and going to church with my family, that it is a part of me. The concepts of forgiveness and redemption interest me most."
Hold Steady guitarist Tab Kubler is a huge fan of the guitarist Slash, and admitted that his solo on this track is a "direct rip-off" of the one Slash played in "November Rain."