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According to the Last of the American Girls Songfacts, one of the inspirations for this Pop-Punk number was the time vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong spent in New Orleans helping build houses for those made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. He explained to Q magazine May 2009: "I started writing it for my wife, but there's elements of Hurricane Katrina and (pro-cycling activists) Critical Mass. It adds those elements to one character who has this left wing strength."

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