The Canadian singer and songwriter explained in his 2016 Songfacts interview
what inspired this tune. "I wrote that song years ago about a friend of mine who started a band and he was really excited about it," said Rutledge. "They were playing in New York for the first time and they were all going down. I guess that's how it starts anyway. I just remembered my first time when I started going down to the States. It's just so
hard down there. I mean, you're playing for no one."
He continued, "I just started with this tale of this band going down, white-knuckling their way down South. 'They're going to be angry at the cops and at the parking.' I just envisioned them getting into New York and trying to find their way around.
But then it broadens out. There's a verse where I talk about my fictional wife. I don't have a wife, but there's a verse:My wife is sad upon the morning
She says nothing ever goes her way
She looks at me and then she looks away
There are just these little moments. In the chorus, 'Heaven help us all,' and then the bridge, 'Something changes, something changes us,' there are these little moments that change you. Everyone talks about 'the moment my life changed,' but it doesn't have to be a big event. It can be the way someone looks at you or it can be a night in New York. It can be anything anywhere and it can be really small."