This is the title track of The Waterboys fourth and best-selling album. It was recorded during the first day of sessions for the record at Windmill Lane Studio in Dublin in January 1986, one of a dozen songs that were laid down that day. It was the first time that the band had recorded at Windmill Lane and The Waterboys' founder and leader Mike Scott told us in a 2012 interview
that he'll "never forget it." He said: "I had all my writing on pieces of paper. I was fixing the papers, and the song needed a third verse. I had had the first two verses for about six or eight weeks, so I wrote the third verse in the studio. The music got written that day in the studio as well. I had the chords, but the tone of the song came from Steve Wickham's fiddle accompaniment."
Scott added that back then he worked in this semi-improvising fashion a great deal. "I was very lucky that I had a band that was sufficiently intuitive that we could make stuff up on the spot," he said, "and it would work. I've never had a band quite as intuitive as that since then: the combination of Steve Wickham on fiddle, Anthony Thistlethwaite on mandolin and sax, and the bass player, Trevor Hutchinson, who was an incredible improviser. When I had those guys, I could make up a song on the spot, and they would be arranging it as they played it for the first time. Some of the songs on that album are actually first takes."