This is a duet by The Kinks vocalist and songwriter Ray Davies and The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde
. The duo had a relationship in the mid 1980s, which produced a child, Natalie. Hynde and Davies had virtually no communication for years and it was Natalie who was the go-between for getting the song to her mother. Davies discussed the collaboration in The Independent
newspaper December 11, 2009: "The single is the first song Chrissie Hynde and I have released together. She wasn't my first choice – I wanted Dame Vera Lynn, because the song has the sort of melody that she would handle rather well. Having said that, Chrissie came into the studio and did her bit brilliantly. I wasn't there at the time, and of course our relationship history adds yet another texture to the song. But it wasn't recorded around a log fire or anything. We weren't toasting marshmallows and cracking nuts. My girlfriend Karen sang on the demo and, with Chrissie, it was quite clear what the vocal parts were. Some artists are happy to let the writer direct things. There was no real discussion, which surprised me."