The starting point for former Band guitarist Robbie Robertson's fifth studio album, How To Become Clairvoyant, was a writing session with his friend Eric Clapton, which yielded three songs, including this instrumental. Robertson told Spinner how their collaboration came about: "It started out with Eric Clapton and I just hanging out and kicking around some ideas and telling stories, playing a little bit of guitar and writing a little tune together. We didn't have any particular purpose in mind, it's just that we'd known each other for a long time and that's what we do. We didn't really think about it much - we were off doing other stuff - and then I came back to it by accident a couple years later. I heard the stuff again and realized, 'Wow, we dug deeper than what I thought. Some of this sounds like the beginnings of something special.'
So I told Eric, and he invited me to come to London so that we could go into the studio and see if there was anything there. Turns out, because the majority of the songwriting was mine, it just leaned in my direction. It could have been his record, a duet record - though I kind of hate duet records now that I think about it - or it could have been my record. So after we finished writing these songs he told me that this was really my record and he would just play on it."