Pitchfork: You write a lot of songs while you're traveling, but not a lot of songs about traveling.
Andrew Bird: A lot of these new songs I wrote in France, traveling on tour. "Fiery Crash"-- I wrote half of that when I was in Marseille, right before the riots. Then there are the times you're just sitting in an airport for five hours, and CNN keeps coming on. How are you supposed to keep your imagination alive when you're just getting worn down by it all? I think there's a lot of me [lyrically] desperately searching for something, to feel alive. Some of your best songs come from a desperate attempt to escape, so sitting in an airport for hours I can just start pulling out little fragments of songs from my head. A lot of times a melody will just occur to me and be my companion for a couple of months.