In our interview with Christopher Cross
, he explained the writing process for this song:
"I was just at home sitting in this cheap apartment, sitting at the table. I remember coming up with the verse and chorus, and the lyrics to the first verse of the chorus all came out. These tunings, like Joni used to say, they get you in this sort of trance, so all that came out at once: 'It's not far down to paradise...' The chorus just sort of came out.
So I got up and wandered around the apartment just thinking, 'Wow, that's pretty f--kin' great.' I just thought, "That's really cool." So then I sat down and had to try to come up with other stuff to make the rest of the song, but I thought I had something there.
Then it took about two years before I had a bridge to that song, because the modality of the modal tuning thing, it gets pretty linear, and you've got to be careful. There are writers - I won't mention who - whose songs can get kind of boring because everything's this modality. So I knew I needed to lift the song out of that modality in the bridge and make key changes.
It took about two years before I came up with the bridge that changes all the keys to where it lifts, but it was a pretty special moment."