Marling sings of a crumbling relationship with a father figure lover accompanied just by her acoustic guitar. The lyric of this sparse waltz is laden with guilt and recrimination. "You were my speaker/My innocence keeper."
The song is written in the form of a communication by Marling to her former beau. She told The Independent: "Someone told me a good writing tip is to write conversations with people you can't have conversations with, that it's quite useful for developing characters. I did that a lot while I was writing this album. There's of a lot of one-sided conversations in it."
Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played the slide guitar on "Sixth Avenue Heartache." There is a connection here - Wallflowers lead singer Jakob's dad, Bob Dylan, played with Tom Petty in The Traveling Wilburys.