This is the opening track from the Japandroids third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
. The title comes from a passage in James Joyce's novel A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man:
"He was alone. He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life."
Vocalist Brian King explained to HMV.com
: "This passage was the inspiration for the first song on the record, which had the working title 'Near To The Wild Heart Of Life' for many months. While I always intended to rename the song, maybe based on something from lyrics, we just got so used to the title that we ended up keeping it."
"Partly that was as a nod to a source of inspiration, but also because it seemed to summarize the spirit of the song better than any particular phrase from the actual lyrics."