This one of seven songs on Silver Rails
that Bruce wrote with his longtime lyricist pal Pete Brown
- their collaborations date back to Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love
," "I Feel Free
" and "White Room
." "He wrote the lyrics on a plane coming back from Germany and I just set them to music because his lyrics really suggest images to me, forms and images," Bruce told Billboard
"It reminded me of some of those old songs from the 20s or the 30s, like 'Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
' or something, kind of like the Depression songs," he added. "It just suggested that to me. I thought if I could have a descending (bass) like that never comes to rest until it gets to the chorus, that was kind of my template."