Traveling

Album: Foul Deeds (2010)
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  • Like her famous husband Neil, Pegi Young is also a musician and a songwriter. She told us that there's no formula for how she writes, and songs "sort of appear sometimes." As for "Traveling," which is a cut from her second album Foul Deeds, Pegi said: "I was driving down the street and saw this moving van and I had to pull over and write it down because it just came in. That one came in with pretty much the melody and everything. I'm grateful that I get them – maybe a more structured writer might sit down and just write. I'm not like that. They just pop in at will.

    I started with something like, 'Someone's always traveling, they're moving out, they're moving in,' and it just kind of fell in. It doesn't bear much resemblance to the moving van anymore, but just maybe a person: why are they moving? What's going on? What's happened? What's their story? And then I probably observed something in somebody, myself, or something. Then, of course, they've had a fight and somebody's moving out." (Check out our full interview with Pegi Young.)

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