The original version of this song was a driving rocker. When we got ready to re-record, my co-producer Justin Tocket, said, “that lyric is so powerful, you need to slow it down and strip it back.”
I tried to slow it down, and Justin kept saying, “Slower, slower.” Finally I figured out not to strum the guitar, but to finger pick, and everything fell into place. All of the sudden all the other players got out the way, and realized the mininalism that the song needed, and began to fill in sparsely, but so beautifully.
It’s one of the only songs with an instrumental overdub, because Justin felt like it needed cello, and he was right. He was also admamant that we not add harmony. It’s just a storyteller, telling a story.
Hear a clip of the song here
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