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“This is a very personal song. It was a rainy day when I showed up at the studio and told CJ, ‘I want to do something like Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight.’ I was looking for something simple, a nice, beautiful, clean melody. People don’t hear that side to me sonically, where I play with my fingers and don’t go apeshit.
“It’s a sad song about the breakup of my marriage and how devastating that really is. I didn’t just lose my wife – I lost my best friend. So the song is about me waking up in the morning and being alone again. I reach out in bed... and nobody’s there. Thank God I have my dog with me [laughs]. But really, it hurts to be alone. It’s no kind of fun at all.
“There’s a little bit of Tom Pettty in the chorus. I tried to make the most out of the open chords, so they ring out a little differently. I don’t really think of the solo here as a ‘solo’ per se. There’s a lot of places on the record where the bridges goes to guitar melodies, but they’re not these big solos. It’s more like the guitar is taking the place of a voice.”