The wistful "Can I Believe You" was the first song Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold started to write for Shore
. It originated with a riff he came up with during a break from touring their third album, Crack-Up
. Pecknold told EW
that for a while he struggled to get anywhere with the tune and it was actually the hardest track on the record to finish.
"The first part I wrote was the 'Can I believe you' line with that melody and progression, and I couldn't tell if that was a verse or a chorus or how it should function in the song," he explained.
Pecknold's original lyrics were about an untrustworthy second party. Once he started thinking more about his own hang-ups with letting people in, the words came easier.
"As the song developed, it turned into this headbanger about trust issues and it was funny to me because it's such a fun song," he said. "It made sense for a song about trust to have the verse function like a chorus and the chorus like a bridge; the whole thing is slightly upside down."