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This came out of the "Tuesday Night Music Club," a gathering of Los Angeles musicians who got together on Tuesday nights to write songs. Crow named the album after the club and gave the members songwriting credits on this and 6 other songs on the album.
The title came from a book written by John O'Brien, a friend of David Baerwald, who helped write this. Crow did not know this, and didn't give the novelist credit for the title. O'Brien killed himself after this became popular, blaming Crow for his depression. O'Brien's family knew he was deeply troubled and did not blame Crow for his suicide, but Sheryl was deeply effected by the incident and became a more private person as a result.
The lyrics reflect Crow's life, but are not literal. She left a small town in Missouri to make it in Los Angeles.
This was Crow's first album, and many fans assumed the lyrics were her life story rather than a representation.
Crow got a big break when she performed this on The David Letterman Show. She told Dave it was based on her life. O'Brien killed himself 3 weeks later.
This was the third single released from the album, but it was the first to get much airplay.
Crow used live versions and acoustic versions of this on the B-sides of some of her later singles. She could milk it because it didn't get played much when it was first released, especially in the UK. Crow's next single, "All I Wanna Do," was her breakthrough hit.
When the album became a hit, Crow had a falling-out with most of the Tuesday Night Music Club, who felt they were not given credit for Crow's success.
Crow had heard her voice on the radio before - singing the McDonald's jingle "I'm lovin' it" - but this was her first real song she heard. She told Rolling Stone in 2010, "I was driving my beat-up Corvair in Beverly Hills, and I heard it from the car next to me. I followed the car for as long as I could."
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