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The lyrics refer to God. In the song, Matthews sings about seeking redemption at a bar in heaven where God is the bartender.
Matthews actually was a bartender at Miller's in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This was part of the "Lillywhite Sessions," a set of songs the band recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite, but decided not to release because members of the band and record label felt they were too depressing. The sessions were leaked on the Internet and widely bootlegged. The response from fans was great, which prompted the band to release the songs on an album over a year after they were first recorded. The result was Busted Stuff, which was basically a re-recording of the original sessions.
This was played in concert many times long before it was released. It is one of the songs on the album that had been tested on the road and was already a fan favorite. Other songs on the album that had been played at shows include "Grey Street," "Where Are You Going," and "Grace Is Gone." (thanks, Live Freak - Beirut, Lebanon)
After this was recorded and put on the shelf, Matthews collaborated with producer Glen Ballard on the album Everyday.
This was the first album the band recorded without any guest musicians.
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound
, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
One of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."
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