To the best of our knowledge, this is the most popular song featuring a marimba as a lead instrument. The Forever Now
album was produced by Todd Rundgren and recorded at his studio, Utopia Sound. It was his idea to use the marimba on this track, and he played it.
The demo of the song had a different instrument for those sections, but Rundgren had a marimba in the studio and thought it would be worth a shot. "It turned out that the little musical theme just sounded perfect with the marimbas, and became a signature element of the song," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "So it just was a question of availability. It's not like I had to go rent some marimbas. I happened to have them."