This is the sequel to "Iuka," from the Secret Sisters' second album, Put Your Needle Down
. Lydia Rogers explained to NoiseTrade
: "'Iuka' was written about a daughter and her lover. The daughter is too young to get married and the father doesn't want her to get married. She flees to Iuka to get married and – spoiler alert – her father murders her. So 'Mississippi' is from the father's perspective."
Laura added: "When we wrote 'Iuka,' it was just so clear who was in the right and who was in the wrong. 'Mississippi' tells the other side of the story. Not to justify his actions, but to kind of explain why. We don't typically write narrative songs, but we love storytelling songs and murder ballads. It's been fun to try our hand at that."