This song is Costello's account of the death of his father, Ross McManus, who passed away in 2011 at age 84. It came together very quickly: Elvis wrote the song in one draft and sang it into his computer that night in one take.
Ross McManus was a bandleader and trumpet player who helped instill a love of music in Elvis.
Speaking with Uncut Elvis Costello called this song, "A deeply upsetting series of images about my father's last breath, which I could only let myself utter in the company of new friends."
In The Beatles "When I'm 64," Paul McCartney asks a woman if she'll still be there for him when he's 64. In 2006, he got his answer when shortly before his 64th birthday, he and Heather Mills separated.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."