This is a track from Kiss Each Other Clean, the fourth album released by American singer-songwriter Samuel Beam, who records under the name of Iron & Wine. Beam told Billboard magazine that he penned the tune a decade before some of the other tracks on the record. "I don't really sit down to write a record," he explained. "I'm writing all the time, so when it seems time to put a record out, you look in your bag and see what songs you have that might work together well."
Some of the tunes made it onto Kiss Each Other Clean because of a recurring theme of water and rivers in them. "It comes down to that, sometimes," Beam told Billboard magazine with a laugh. "I realized a bunch of songs used the river in different ways. It's a classic metaphor for life, sometimes as a force of destruction, sometimes it's redemption or rejuvenation. It's fun to have the same image crop up in different songs and be presented in totally different lights."
Ruben from Grove, OkThis song was my first introduction to Iron & Wine. I couldn't stop listening to the stripped down version afterwards. He considers his first lyrics for the song to be very "saccharine", but I love it. It seems to be a sweet remembrance of past young loves. I have since went back to through his catalog and found many beautiful songs, but this was the first one to turn me on.