"Pigeons" is an important song on Nathanson's 13th album, Boston Accent
, which he took two years to complete as the pandemic took hold in 2020. "I had written ton of new songs but they didn't necessarily feel like they aligned with the Boston Accent
record," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "They felt incongruous. It felt like it was its own thing. But there was one song called 'Pigeons' that came up during it. It felt like the record had been missing this song."
"'Pigeons' feels like we rooted the center of the record," he added. "It felt like the record was kind of like a boat on the ocean being knocked around by the waves and then we recorded 'Pigeons' and the whole record just anchored and felt like it all had a topography and a purpose. I'm a super nerd for that kind of thing. I don't think anyone else on this earth cares about the topography of a record, but to me it was super important. I was psyched to have been able to have the time, but that was one of many we wrote, and it was begging to be put on Boston Accent