Album: Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • Starting with their debut album, Irene (2009), the alt-country band from Asheville, North Carolina, was known as The Honeycutters until their frontwoman and songwriter, Amanda Anne Platt, finally attached her name to the group moniker with their fifth studio release, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters.
  • Platt wrote this shortly before her 30th birthday as she was dealing with emotions about growing older and wondering if she was on the right path. She explained in a 2018 Songfacts interview: "There'd been maybe a month or two where I'd been really not feeling great. I go through phases of some basic self doubts and self loathing I think we all go through, and I'd been in a lot of fear about money and questioning if I had been making right choices in my life. And I just had this day that was like this amazing break. It was like the heat broke from summer and it was the first really fall feeling day. It was beautiful, the sun was shining and I had just gotten an unexpected check in the mail that was going to help ends meet for that month. It was like this amazing feeling of gratitude. I remember sitting out on the back porch with my guitar and starting that lyric, 'I just got word today the money's going to be okay and the weather ought to hold out to the weekend.' And it was all true. It's like this amazing feeling of, oh my God I'm going to be able to pay my rent and the weather's going to be great for my birthday. I can hang out outside and have a fire or whatever."
  • The song's message of gratitude still resonates with Platt, especially during stressful situations. "Sometimes tours can be a little stressful and when I get on stage and sing a song like that, it's advice to me," she explained. "Particularly the second verse of that song with, 'Everybody gets stuck in the middle sometimes,' and, 'If love is the seed, the fruit is gonna taste so sweet.' That's a reminder to me to be grateful and to try to be present with what I'm doing and not freak out about the future. Just enjoy the moment because the moment is good. When I'm performing with my band the moment is always good. It's all this s--t around it that gets stressful. It's like a callback to me just to be like, 'Hey, chill out, things are pretty good right now.'"

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