One of the songs Cuomo refers to in this song is Gordon Lightfoot's "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
." The Weezer frontman explained to American Songwriter Magazine
why this song was particularly significant to him as a child: "Music hits you in a heavier way when you're a kid, and that was what I was thinking back on - how I felt as a kid listening to the radio and records, going back as far 'Edmund Fitzgerald.' My family had a 45" of that song, and I remember it used to just scare me to death. It was so spooky, and just shook the foundations of my soul."