This ukulele bluegrass tune was written and sung by the female member of the trio, Sara Watkins. In the song, she tries to get Anthony to love her, but he makes a run for it. In our interview with Watkins, she said the song is about "a few people that I know."
In concert, Nickel Creek has described how this was inspired by a young waiter who struck Sarah's fancy. But as is quite apparent from the lyrics, he was "from the other side of the divide."
Suggestion credit: Paul - Longwood, FL
Sara Watkins earned her first writing credit with this track. Why Should the Fire Die? is the third Nickel Creek album, but the first one where all three members contributed to the songwriting.