All Will Be Well

Album: Live at World Cafe (2005)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Dixon wrote this song with Dan Wilson of Semisonic, who later co-wrote hits for Adele ("Someone Like You") and Dixie Chicks ("Not Ready To Make Nice"). The two got together at Wilson's house in Minneapolis for four days of work. On Day 3, Dixon played him "All Will Be Well," which was finished, but didn't go over well with his bandmates or record label. Wilson changed the beginning of the chorus to a minor key and work with him on a pre-chorus:

    And all the children walking home past the factories
    Can see the light shining in my window as
    I write this song to you
    All the cars running fast along the interstate
    Can feel that love that radiates, illuminating
    what I know is true


    After a few more tweaks, the new version was finished; this time it earned the approval of the stakeholders.
  • This joyful, reassuring song encapsulates Dixon's personality. "Every time I hear Gabe sing 'All Will Be Well,' I get an emotional charge," his co-writer Dan Wilson said. "It's very specific to his spirit. His voice is half-mournful and half-hopeful, and the song seems beautifully tailored to that sound."
  • The song was used in the 2011 episode of Parks and Recreation, "End of the World." It was also used in promotional spots for the short-lived 2006 TV series Conviction.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Jimmy Jam

Jimmy JamSongwriter Interviews

The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.

Joe Ely

Joe ElySongwriter Interviews

The renown Texas songwriter has been at it for 40 years, with tales to tell about The Flatlanders and The Clash - that's Joe's Tex-Mex on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"

The Girl in That Song

The Girl in That SongFact or Fiction

Billie Jean, Delilah, Sara, Laura and Sharona - do you know who the girls in the songs really are?

Song Titles That Inspired Movies

Song Titles That Inspired MoviesSong Writing

Famous songs that lent their titles - and in some cases storylines - to movies.

Gary Louris of The Jayhawks

Gary Louris of The JayhawksSongwriter Interviews

The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.

Emilio Castillo from Tower of Power

Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerSongwriter Interviews

Emilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.