For 10 Songs
, Travis' ninth studio album, lead singer Fran Healy stepped back into the role of primary songwriter for the first time since 2003's 12 Memories
, when he took a break to care for his newborn son. While "Waving At The Window" was vaguely inspired by feelings from his own childhood, the tune about sad goodbyes was oddly prescient for a 2020 audience stuck in COVID-19 lockdown.
Healy told Jaxsta
: "I wrote that in 2018, and I wasn't sure what it was about. I had these memories of when I was young of saying goodbye to people and not having a dad, being a single parent family, being an only child as well, and lots of weird, unresolved feelings bubbled up, and it's got fragments of all these things in there. It's a song I'm still trying to work out. The weird thing was, when we finished the album COVID had just kicked in, and so suddenly we're all in lockdown, everyone's waving at windows."