This is one of two original songs on Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil's third studio album Tattoos & Tequila, the title track being the other one. The remainder of the record is mainly made up of covers of 1970s rock songs.
This song was written by bandmate Nikki Sixx and originally intended for Mötley Crüe's 2000 album New Tattoo. Neil told Reuters: "Nikki had even forgotten about that song when I played it for him. I think it's just a classic song with a cool message and a cool vibe to it."
Eddie Vedder often changes the words when he sings "Yellow Ledbetter." The basic story is about a guy whose brother dies in the first Gulf War. Apparently, bad news in the army is given in yellow envelopes.