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This song was recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany some time in early to mid 1975. Jeff Lynne wrote the song on a piano in the studio on the last days of recording, writing it very quickly. The band's recording for all of the other songs for the Face The Music album had been completed when Jeff needed another song. One morning, while the rest of the band was out, he sat at the piano and played the opening piano riff, which became the basis of the song. Later that same day, the rest of the band came in and recorded the backing track. The lyrics were written and recorded the next day at Musicland. The string and female choir parts were recorded (and possibly written) later at De Lane Lea Studios in Wembley, U.K. (thanks, Ethan - Franklin, TN)
During the instrumental break in the song, when the synthesizer plays, right before the chorus starts up the second time, if you play it backwards, you can actually hear the synthesizer sound that plays in another song by the Electric Light Orchestra: "Nightrider." (thanks, Logan - Troy, MT)
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