The takes on the singles are each unique. Side: A's version is a rock 'n' roll affair, recalling the melodic bliss of Nada Surf. Side: B contains the album version, casting the tune as a ballad, and features pedal steel courtesy of Jon Rauhouse, who's worked Neko Case, Jakob Dylan, and tons of other great artists. Finally, Side: C showcases the song in its infancy, just a guitar sketch with songwriter Brendan Murphy singing softly.
I just finished Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby last night, so pardon me if I don't proclaim the demo version superior to the other versions (that was the lesson I was supposed to learn from the book, right?). I caught up with Murphy to discuss the song's genesis. Read beyond the jump to hear the Side: B version of the song, and figure out how the whole thing came about.
"I have a wife and a little girl, so I have to write in the mornings," says Murphy. "I wrote this on a Saturday or Sunday morning. If I can't sleep or I'm up early, I just sneak out back and this was from a morning I did that. I wrote this about 5:30 in the morning, and I had just learned some news about my dad, that he was sick. It was impacting me in a way that came out through this song. I wrote it in about twenty minutes, and the demo version is pretty much what I wrote, and it's pretty much the same thing you hear on the record."
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"We did a few versions of the song, trying to figure out how to do it. We ultimately decided to do a mellow version for the record, but we recorded also recorded a rock version, with Jamie Woolford," says Murphy.
"We wanted to sort of do a Beatles-type thing where the single wasn't on the record. You know, give people something more for the money."