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Clapton wrote this song with Blues artist Robert Cray.
In 1988, after nine years of marriage to Pattie Boyd, Clapton divorced the model and photographer. This song documents the end of their relationship. Boyd told the Guardian newspaper December 13, 2008 that she was hurt that he should write a song about such a sensitive subject. She said: "The end of a relationship is a sad enough thing, but to then have Eric writing about it as well. It makes me more sad, I think, because I can't answer back."
Pattie Boyd has been the inspiration for several well-known songs. Her first husband, George Harrison, wrote "Something
" about her, Eric Clapton's then unrequited love for the beautiful model was documented in "Layla
" and after they'd moved in together, Clapton penned "Wonderful Tonight
" for Boyd.
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
Little Big Town
"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you."
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