The song and title are derived form the (very) thinly veiled autobiography of writer Jack London. The book is the story of a sailor who gains fame but ends up committing suicide (as Jack London did).
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The Twilight Singers were formed in 1997 by Greg Dulli as a side project during a hiatus from his Afghan Whigs group. After the Afghan Whigs disbanded in 2001, the frontman used The Twilight Singers as his own artistic vehicle. Dulli considers this to be the best song he ever released with either band. He explained to Uncut magazine:
"I love how easily it came - I was testing a piano to get a part, and then the melody came really fast. I had recently read the book (by Jack London), so I started to imagine it... it was a real harmonic convergence, only a couple of songs have come to me like that. I had a really close relationship with that song, I felt it deep inside me."
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.
"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" was written by Nick Lowe in 1974. The original version with his group Brinsley Schwarz was kind of somber, but Elvis Costello made it a classic with his 1978 uptempo take.