In a Songfacts interview with the song's co-writer, Sam Hollander
, he told the story of how it was written. "On that one, we sat out back and he had this title that I just adored, and he was singing 'I love the USA,'" he said. "We were playing around with strange fragments of imagery that I thought should not connect in any way shape or form. That's the way Rivers' mind works. There's just so many interesting visuals."
He added: "I don't think the song was written as cynically as it might sound. It's almost a Choose Your Own Adventure
, like you can infer whatever you want out of it. As somebody who writes lyric and melody, Rivers is one of these guys I really look up to because he's so unbelievably creative with turning a phrase, and there's a lot of stuff in there that's his genius."