A piano-driven vocal ballad that is so well conceived and beautifully structured that is sums up the spiritual essence of the entire record. Johnson’s singing is thick with emotion, and given the subject matter that’s understandable. Guitarist Sonny Landreth turns in a fine guest appearance. The playing is restrained but not muted. This is the kind of final kiss that doesn’t need much more to get the message across.
Eric Johnson says:
“I wrote this song for my father when he passed away about six years ago. It’s really about how everybody has a beautiful story to tell, how they have a beautiful book to read - and that book is their life.
“In life, we’re observers: we see the film, but we don’t necessarily get to read the book. That comes later, if we’re lucky. You know how when you go to see a movie and everybody goes, ’That was great, but it wasn’t as good as the book’? That’s how I see this song. The book is always going to be deeper and more colorful and richer if you let yourself take it in.
"I wanted to honor my father with that kind of statement, that his story was one I felt and acknowledged. I played a Baldwin grand piano on it. The vocals took me a while. They were a bit of a struggle. Having Sonny Landreth play on it was great. He had lost his father not too long ago, so he really related to the track.”
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