This song was inspired by an a capella version of Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush
," by the English group Prelude, which was a hit in the early 1970s. The New Pornagraphers' A.C. Newman told Spin
magazine: "It's got this thick wall of harmonies, which I kept coming back to when we were doing the song."
Once ["You Tell Me Where"] gets to the halfway point, the vocals just go crazy," he added: "It's me and Kathryn [Calder] and Neko [Case] and Kelly Hogan, and it becomes this wall. I thought, 'I want it to sound like this crazy '70s choir.'"