This was the final song Zevon wrote and recorded before dying of mesothelioma (a form of lung cancer) in September of 2003. This was also the only song on Zevon's final album The Wind
that he wrote entirely after learning of his terminal illness. With the exception of the cover of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," all of the remaining songs on The Wind
were songs Zevon had already at least started writing beforehand. Zevon also saved the recording of this song for last. His deteriorating health rendered him too weak to continue commuting to the studio where the other tracks had been recorded, so he had a makeshift studio set up at his home to record this song.
Joshua - Twin Cities, MN