The opening lyrics of "May 21, 2012" present the Canadian singer-songwriter in a predicament regarding a relationship: I could love you,
Or better yet, I could leave you alone
In our interview with Donovan Woods
, we asked him why he chose that date as the title of the tune. "It was the name of the voice memo the day that I recorded the song," he said. "I was away touring around England. It was a bit of pieces of things that had happened to me and pieces of things from a story that I'd read. It was just a date that happened to be on the voice memo so it stayed as the title of the song. I just felt like I couldn't think of anything better. It seemed to make sense to me."
A line from the tune almost echoes Woods' choice as the title: Now you know how literal my songs are