Dylan composed the music to this song while Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter wrote the words. It's one of two Down in the Groove
songs featuring that collaboration, with the other being "Ugliest Girl In The World
"Ugliest Girl" is the first track on Side 2 of the album. "Silvio" immediately follows.
In his book of collected lyrics, A Box of Rain
, Hunter mentions this collaboration with a simple parenthetical message, stating, "Bob Dylan released this is as a single in 1988."
In 2009, 21 years after releasing Down in the Groove
, the pair worked together on nearly every track on Dylan's album Together Through Life