In our interview with Donovan Woods
, he gave us his take on Nashville, which informed how he wrote this song. "You know how Times Square, there's something about it that's totally revolting? It's just consumerism at its complete and total right there, but at the same time, there's something electric and alive and super compelling about it. You feel like, Wow, I'm happy to be here, even though it's a nightmare [laughs].
I think that there are a lot of those places in America. Toronto is like that to some people in Canada. A place like Las Vegas or a place like Los Angeles and certainly Nashville – those places where you're drawn to them because there's that weird hope that you could make something out of yourself and become something really wonderful because there's so much opportunity in them, but, at the same time, you're repulsed by it. I was trying to communicate that feeling of dichotomy in a place like that where it's obvious you love it. I'm never leaving, but it's really nothing but heartache.
So that was the idea and you can't ever talk about things that are that big. So to talk about a big idea like that, you have to use little tiny things like getting a call from an old friend to hint at those big huge ideas. I always find the best way to do it is to use little tiny, tiny, tiny things that are as small as possible."