This song was inspired by Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess presenting to Dionne Warwick at the 2012 Q Awards, and his attempt to write a farewell song in the spirit of "Walk On By." He penned the tune with the band's guitarist Mark Collins.
After completing the song for Modern Nature, Burgess sent it to Nashville singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell along with the lyrics and she wrote a 'reply' version titled Emanuel. "Mark and I wrote an early version of the song when we stayed at a rented beach house in Rye to come up with some ideas," Burgess explained to Q magazine. "There was a windswept romance to the beach, like in The French Lieutenants Woman. When we'd recorded it, it seemed like it was a story that would suit a second episode."
"Emanuel" can be found on a limited edition release from Tim Burgess' O Genesis label for the 2015 Record Store Day.