This is a track from The Tree of Forgiveness
, John Prine's first new album of original material in 13 years, and what would be his last, as he died of coronavirus two years later. The song was co-written by Phil Spector and dates back to the 1970s. Prine explained to UK's The Sun
"We had written a song, If You Don't Want My Love
, in the late '70s, which I recorded for my Bruised Orange
record. When I was back out in LA, I went to see him to play him the track and before I left that night we wrote God Only Knows. I never thought it was totally finished so I took it out for this record and finished it. I really love how it turned out with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires playing and singing on the track."