A turned up radio but the static was heavy
Couldn't make out any words but "take me to the levee"
That look on your face was full of wild desire
A-soakin' my soul in gas and settin' my heart on fire
A heart on fire, a heart on fire, A heart on fire
The "soaking my soul in gas" line was the starting point for Church when he wrote the song. He then came up with an anthemic chorus that describes a shared "wild desire" with his girlfriend. The postchorus of a repeated "heart on fire" provided a natural singalong moment for his longtime backing vocalist. "I envisioned Joanna Cotten jumping in on that part," he told Billboard
. "I wrote it for her to be a big part of the song even before we recorded it."