This song was an amalgamation of several bits of songs/melodies/lyrics/themes that Taylor had laying around as kernels for three future songs that hadn't yet come together. He and his producer, Peter Asher
, had a deadline to meet for completing the Sweet Baby James
album, and they needed one more song to do it. Asher had him string these loose themes together to make a single "Suite" and get the $20,000 (20G) they were promised by Warner Bros. Records for completing the album, which is how it got the title.
"If you listen to it, you'll hear there's three completely different tempos and keys, but it worked - it sounded kind of cool," Asher said. "I said, call it 'Suite For 20 G' because that's why we're doing it. We were desperately broke and needed the $20,000."
Steve - Hamilton, Ontario