The song is about the economic issues of our country at present. Jacob mallet never lived, but he lived a thousand times over. He is the son of a GM assembly line worker, walking in his father's footsteps....until they disappear. Our leaders tell us that people can be retrained for better jobs that grant us easier lives, but to expect it in a generation that is not prepared, is disingenuous. Its historical parallel is of course, the Great Depression, from which we can learn a great deal.
The groove is powered by Nick DiFrisco's thunder. My favourite work of his on this album. It was a one take deal.