Anchorage’s location on the globe puts it within 91⁄2 hours by air to nearly 90% of the industrialized world. For this reason Anchorage is a common refueling stop for many international passenger flights and is home to a major FedEx Hub which the company calls a "critical part" of its global network of services.
The song is about the narrator named Chel finally taking time out to write to an old friend, who has moved from Texas to Anchorage, and her friend's reply. In her reply, her friend realizes she might have become a housewife "anchored down in Anchorage", although still dreaming about being a "skateboard punk rocker in New York". She tells Chel that her husband Leroy "says send a picture, hello and to keep on rocking".
Much of the song's lyrics were taken directly from a letter from JoAnn Kelli Bingham, a Comanche Indian and recently married friend who had recently moved to geographically remote Alaska. Her husband is Leroy Bingham, a Blackfeet Indian who worked for Cook Inlet Tribal Council.