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“The tricky thing about the soloing in this song is that it’s a minor blues. I’ve been working on blues progressions with dominant chords, but for some reason when I felt in the mood to write a blues, I used minor chords instead. I just tried to play what I heard in my head, to have the guitar answer the vocal and to follow the chord changes.
“I had locked myself in my studio a little too long, and I hit a writing block. As every hour passed, my fun turned into frustration and darkness, and I finally realized that I had the blues. So I wrote one. The lyrics are about being a clam at the bottom of the ocean, far away from the sunlight, and that’s how I was feeling in the studio. I actually wrote all the lyrics on the morning of the session. I just woke up and wrote them in about five minutes. I don’t know if they’re the best lyrics, but they’re true.
“This kind of song makes me glad that I play the electric guitar – there were so many opportunities to bend the strings. It makes having the blues feel good.”