• In this song Jones explains that no matter how long she waits, "it doesn't mean you'll return." In 2008 Jones split with her boyfriend Lee Alexander, who was the bassist in her backing band. Though Jones refused to confirm in an interview with Mojo magazine December 2009 that this song is about Alexander, she admitted that loneliness has proved to be a great songwriting spur. "I'm not the kind of person to write five songs a week," she said. "It's more like five songs a year. But I do know that I write best when I'm unhappy. I'm usually lonely, or at least alone a lot, when the words start coming. The material is kind of dark even though I'm not a dark person. It's certainly not happy."
  • Jones commented to Mojo on the hopeless longing captured in this song: "It's the most pathetic feeling in the world. It's probably how your dog feels when you go out of the door. We've all had that feeling, right?"


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Hawksley WorkmanSongwriter Interviews

One of Canada's most popular and eclectic performers, Hawksley tells stories about his oldest songs, his plentiful side projects, and the ways that he keeps his songwriting fresh.

History Of RockSong Writing

An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.

Jimmy WebbSongwriter Interviews

Webb talks about his classic songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "MacArthur Park."

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of WayneSongwriter Interviews

The guy who brought us "Stacy's Mom" also wrote the Jane Lynch Emmy song and Stephen Colbert's Christmas songs.

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's SongsSong Writing

"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.

Name the Character in the SongMusic Quiz

With a few clues (Works at a diner, dreams of running away), can you name the character in the song?