• OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder was raised by an extended family of missionaries and pastors. This song tells the tale of his preacher grandfather.
  • Tedder wrote the song in less than 15 minutes while on a plane. "[Bassist] Brent [Kutzie] did the music on that, and every now and then he'll send me something," he told "In ten minutes I wrote him back and said, 'I've already written it.' That was one of the last songs we finished for the album in New Orleans and we brought a four-person choir from the French Quarter."


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