I can specifically remember writing this song on a day where I was really moody and upset with myself. I was living at my parents’ house, commuting daily to Ann Arbor to my senior year classes at the University of Michigan. On this particular day, I had made a pact with myself that I was going to talk to Lora (future wife) at class. I got to the Industrial & Operations Engineering building early to make sure I was comfortable, calm, and prepared to say hello.
I saw her walk in with friends, and my heart jumped into overdrive. I wanted to get to her alone so that I could actually try and talk to her, so I told myself that after class I’d say hi.
Class came and went. I sat a few rows behind her as I normally did, and daydreamed about her through most of it. When class ended, she was again talking and giggling with her friends, and I just couldn’t muster up enough courage to interrupt just to say hi and try to strike up a conversation.
I left for home with a mild case of devastation. The whole ride home I was upset with myself. Brooding. Scowling. I was only a few months away from graduating and I hadn’t done a good job of getting to know her yet. Time was running out on me, and I knew it. Remember this is the girl of my dreams, here!
I arrived back home to an empty house. Perfect for getting out my Fender Telecaster (with the hot James Burton pickup) and wailing away for the entire neighborhood to hear. After about 45 minutes of that, I picked up my acoustic and went to the computer to record this song. It just kind of came out of me at the time, and I haven’t changed it or tried to re-record it since. I think it’s beautiful and is kind of a perfect sound for how I was feeling.
The odd-sounding solo that runs through it is actually an acoustic guitar track layered in reverse over the main rhythm guitar melody. That’s something that the old Microsoft Sound Recorder program was really good at. Take a listen: