Producer Chuck Plotkin recalled capturing this song to Uncut magazine: "Bob had been playing guitar, but he suddenly moved over to the piano, sat down and began to play," he said. "Now, the piano was mic'd, but there was no vocal mic at the piano, it just wasn't set up, because Bob hadn't been playing piano. And I realised, you know – this is not a guy who wants to even think about going through the business of doing, like, seven takes. Forget seven takes. Once he's got the words right; that's your take. He's an artist, but he's not a recording artist, it's just not what he does."
"And so he started to play, and I didn't want to stop him," Plotkin continued. "He's playing something I've never heard before. I don't know what's going to happen. So, I grabbed hold of the mic from the stand where he'd been previously been playing guitar and singing, and I basically turned myself into a mic stand. I literally held the microphone up, tried to find a physically comfortable enough position so that I was not in his way, and that I could still manage to hold my arm out there for however long this song was going to take."
"And it was 'Every Grain Of Sand'! And I'm standing there, hearing this for the first time, and the song kills me," he added. "I think it's one of his great, great songs – and I'm hearing it for the first time while standing beside him imitating a mic stand as best I can. And that was it. That was the version we heard on the record."