In this song, there's "another villain on the cover of every major magazine." Verve Pipe frontman Brian Vander Ark wrote the song after the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, when Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people with a truck bomb at the Federal Building. McVeigh was all over the news and his face was on the cover of just about every news magazine. Vander Ark, who was in the Army from 1983-1987, had a day job at the time. "I'd get my coffee and pick up a magazine, but I'd have to get back to work before I could read it," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "So my point was, when his face is on the cover of all of these magazines, we would get distracted and didn't have time to read about the victims and feel that empathy for the victims. So the villain usually wins this kind of popularity contest, and for me that was a very sad state we were in, and we're still in it. In fact, we're probably in it worse now than ever."