Rickie Lee Jones
wrote this song about Lee Cantelon, who she called her "Christian boyfriend." They had a long-term relationship that ended a few years before the release of Balm in Gilead
. It's a very personal song for Jones, who makes it clear that she suffered in the breakup:You hurt me bad this time
You nearly tore me from my mind
Introducing this song at a concert, Jones said: "I got my heart broken recently. I wrote this song and it saved me."