Clean and jazzy chords introduce this vaguely spiritual number about unraveling life’s mysteries. Johnson’s vocals in the verses are direct and poignant - as wild as he takes his guitar playing, he doesn’t go in for au currant melissmas (thank goodness!). A chorus of background singers rise up in the middle. Johnson’s solos (middle and end) are grand, sweeping, soaring, transcendent.
Eric Johnson says:
“This is one that I wrote years ago and never recorded. I dug it out of my book of poems and had to write a few more parts to it. Because I had started it some time back, I had to work on the words and make them more in the moment and applicable to me now. If’s about self-realization and the predicaments we encounter in life when we don’t take responsibility for our actions.
“You know, when we stand in a cave - metaphorically speaking, of course - we shut so much out. But then we start to hear all these echoes, and we go, ‘What are all these echoes? Where did they come from?’ And they come from within. They’re what we put out there to other people and to the world around us. I started to have these epiphanies, and I wrote the song about that kind of…I don’t know…emancipation, if you will. Realizing that we have to be true to ourselves and to our own lives.
“Contrary to the way I usually work, I wrote the music last - usually I wait till the last minute to do the words. But with this one, the words came first.
“The ending is a total complete improvisation. We just let it fly and had a blast.”