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  • This is the closing track from, 2, the second album by Black Country Communion, an Anglo/American rock supergroup featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The album was were produced by Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin).
  • Hughes told Musicradar.com the story of the song: "As a writer…it's one of my finest hours. I'll tell you a story about this. I wrote a song, a pretty good one, and I played it for Joseph. He heard it and said, 'That's more Glenn Hughes than BCC.' And as he drove away, I watched him go and I said, 'I'm gonna write another one, a really great one,' and before he got home, I had it. I kept hearing Kevin in my head going, 'Hughsy, be desperate.' This song is about pain and dealing with grief in public. I've lost a lot of friends and have had to handle the whole thing with many people looking on. It's a very weird feeling."
  • Bonham lost his father, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, in 1980 and this song brought back memories of his dad that affected him emotionally. Hughes explained to MusicRadar: "When Jason first heard this song, he freaked out and started sobbing. I think it really unhinged him about his dad, if you don't mind me saying so. It took him back. 'You've done it now, Hughsy,' he told me. Mind you, I don't like making anybody cry and feel sad, but I know I've done my job as a writer when I've got my bandmates, who've pretty much seen and done everything, sobbing and losing it."
  • Hughes told MusicRadar about Joe Bonamassa's contribution: "Musically, Joe did a whammy bar solo that is so sublime. It's poetic. He makes me cry. If this song doesn't get you on a lyrical level, then the music will hit you. This is another one where we all go to church. What God has given me, taken away and left me with, that's what I have right now… and that's not bad."

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  • John from AnonWhat a great song. I have lost my wife and daughter at this song really hits home. Great great song
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