“I woke up from a dream in Boston with the verse melody in my head," says Urmston. "It didn’t blow me out of the water, but it was a nice, solid melody, nothing too fancy. It sounded fun to sing, so I started messing around with chords, seeing what would work with it.
“It got to the point where I said, ‘OK, what’s this song about?’ I had a bunch of different lyrics for it. One set was about the war, kind of like a soldier coming home. The other was about my friend Larry Perry, who died at the age of 63 last year – he had been severely disabled all his life.
“Brad knew Larry and really connected with the personal side of the story, so I went forward with those lyrics. I knew Brad would be able to sing almost the whole song with me. I really like singing with him; his harmonies are so spot-on. I almost choose songs for Dispatch where Brad can sing whole songs with me.
“It’s got a cool vibe. For a while, the song’s working title was Tom Petty. When I was singing the melody at that tempo, it just lent itself to that kind of Petty feel.”