This song from North East England folk group The Unthanks' fourth album, Last was written by a local songwriter. Co-vocalist Rachel Unthanks explained to Spinner: "That was written by a man called Jon Redfern. When we first started out he supported us a few times and we played with him. His album is absolutely beautiful, arrangements and singing so beautiful and heartfelt and interesting."
On first listen this appears to be a bleak love song, but it actually has a different meaning. "We thought it was just a love song," Rachel explained to Spinner. "[It] could be seen as that, but it's actually about his reaction to the Iraq war. The story is that he was living in Manchester at the time and there was a protest march going past his window and he questions why he wouldn't go to war for his country. He felt it wasn't the right thing to do."
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.