Harry Shearer, who plays Derek Smalls, is a real bass player and often works on music with his wife, the singer-songwriter Judith Owen. Harry says the band has done a few different arrangements of this song, and they love playing it. Regarding his bass aspirations, he told Songfacts
: "I practice every day and my real love right now is the upright bass. But I love playing both instruments. I live in a city full of great musicians, I know where I am in that pecking order. I'm fine with that. I don't have any illusions. I'm an amateur, but I work hard and I've been allowed to get on stage and jam with some acts down here. That's happened from time to time and I felt incredibly privileged and extremely nervous. But I love to play."