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“I first heard this one on a Dr John album called In A Sentimental Mood. I always loved it. It was bluesy, it was melancholy and it was a waltz. Originally, the song was written around the time of World War I, and so it was obviously about people going off to fight in the war.
“You can’t try to be Dr John or Ray Charles or Nat King Cole, so you have to just try to be yourself when doing a song like this. It’s my interpretation, and like with all the other songs on this album, it comes down to my respect for the original version.
“As a songwriter, if somebody were to cover one of my songs and take liberties with the melody, I would wonder why. This song is interesting in that it has what I call the ‘pre-verse,’ where they introduce the song but the real body of the song doesn’t start till later. I wanted to honor what the songwriter had written in that way.”