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“This is something I came up with. Here's a true story: I was in Northern Minnesota, riding in the bus, and I saw a sign that read, ‘Hibbing – 12 miles.’ And I thought, ‘Wow, Bob, so this is your neighborhood. It's flat and cold. I couldn’t imagine what it must have been like to grow up there.' It was the wintertime, and it looked like the opening shot of Fargo.
“That song came into my head. I think I played it when the album first came out, before I was anybody, back in my basket-passing days. So I resurrected it, started playing it, and I found a more comfortable key and figured out a great way to incorporate the guys.
“I’ll never forget Graham coming to me and saying, ‘So you want to do Girl From The North Country? Well, what are we supposed to do on it?’ And I said, ‘You’ll see.’ [Laughs] I let them stew, and then backstage at a soundcheck, I went, ‘So here’s how it is. Trust me, just sing this…’ And they thought it was marvelous. We had it within a day. Crosby came up with some strange little note phrase, just because he’s him. But it pretty much emerged from my imagination.”