In the opening track of her debut solo album, Kay Hanley of the Boston alt-rock band Letters To Cleo evokes the atmosphere of a brisk autumn day with changing leaves and a fuzzy red sweater she compares to cherry marmalade. She's speaking to someone who moved out of her life and into sunny Los Angeles, where she tentatively plans to travel to see him if there's still hope for a relationship.
She was inspired by her friend Dave Gibbs of the band Gigolo Aunts, who abandoned the East Coast for LA - an unthinkable move for the Boston-loving Hanley… until she did the same thing years later. "That second verse is all about talking to somebody about the seasons and me being so tied to the idea of being in Boston and never leaving," Hanley told Songfacts in a 2022 interview
"Trust me, when I wrote that song, I had no plans whatsoever to move to Los Angeles. It was like, how can you live there? I'm happy to visit, and I did. But it was all inspired by Dave moving and me being like, why would you do that? Why would you leave Boston? And here I am 20 years later. I've been here since 2003. I say I can't wait to get out of here. I do want to go home eventually, but I'm not done with this place yet."