This song was originally called "Neighbors." It was an ode to Laura Lee's grandpa calling everyone he met "neighbor." Hey neighbor! How ya doin'? That was his thing. He was a neighborhood postman, so he'd say it to everyone he met. He was that kind of guy: He lived life slowly, always made time for conversations with people.
When Laura Lee first moved to London from Texas, she'd walk to work and say hello to the people she passed. But London wasn't the kind of place you'd often get a hello back. So she started making up conversations in her head as if the person had responded. One day, she turned one of these one-sided conversations into a melody, then added in lyrics from a letter she wrote to her grandpa after he passed.
When we got together to play it for the first time, we slowed it way way down from the original, and realized it's kind of our version of a gospel song. So when we recorded it, we ran the vocals through a Leslie speaker, which is usually used on a church organ.
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