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“There’s a guest vocalist on this track – Rachel Haden, who played bass with me when I did the Arena tour a couple of years ago. She has this great kind of choirboy voice. There’s very little inflection in it; it just has this pure thing. I tried to sing it myself, but I couldn’t find the place in my voice where it worked. Fortunately, Rachel was able to do it.
“They keyboard sound is supposed to be this plinky-plunky, folky Bon Iver kind of thing. The song is another one of those cautionary tales in that it sounds like one thing, but it’s really about the opposite thing.
“It seems like an exhortation to have faith in hard times, but it’s really pointing out the shortcomings of faith. If all you have is faith, then you never actually know anything. [Laughs] You never actually do anything. Reality, in the end, is a much more important thing to believe in than just things that have no substance.”