This song had two inspirations:
1) Patti Smith 1969-1976
, Judy Linn's book of Patti Smith photos. National frontman Matt Berninger explained to Pitchfork
: "A lot of the imagery in it is of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe when they were really young, just hanging out in their apartment: dressing up, taking pictures of each other, looking cool. It's such a beautiful portrait of pals, such a romance.
2) A comment on Patti Smith's Instagram that she sent to somebody who had just lost someone to suicide: "Please think the best of him."
Berninger said: "I found it incredibly moving. I was just obsessed with her kindness and her wisdom in the face of so many sad things."