This song got a lot of help from Billy Payne, who played piano on the track. Payne is a founding member of the band Little Feat, and has played on albums by Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and many others. Doobie Brothers guitarist Tom Johnston, who wrote this song, told us: "I was so discouraged with that song I was going to pull it off the album. It just wasn't going where it needed to go. One of the things it was missing was the right keyboard part, which was the same thing that had happened with 'World Gone Crazy
,' we just hadn't chosen the right guy. So I called up Billy, I said, 'Man, I really need you to come out and work on these tunes.' I had Billy fly out and 'It's A Brighter Day' was re-born. He took it to another place. It was like this gospel-oriented island feel, and all of the sudden the song was relevant, it was strong, it had the feeling again, and it felt great. The words all worked with it. It worked with the steel drum. Everything worked."