Terry Jacks of "Seasons in the Sun
" fame was the producer and songwriter for The Poppy Family, which was actually just the duo of Terry and his wife, Susan (they were married from 1967-1973).
Terry started writing this song in the mid-'60s when he was part of a group called The Chessmen. The group was from Vancouver, but were assigned a recording session in Nashville, which they traveled to by bus (about 2,500 miles). "It was hell," Terry told us. "And I was leaving this girlfriend behind. She dumped me. I got that feeling, like 'this bus is awful cold, we've gone so many miles, God, please help me go to sleep and forget her for a while. I know it's not her fault, I've known it all along. I was the one that trusted her, that's where I went wrong.' So I caught that emotion. Because she'd left me for somebody."