After countless attempts of incorporating the initial guitar riff over a period of years, Vance Joy had just about given up on it until he found himself in a songwriting session with Dave Bassett (Shinedown's "Second Chance
," Elle King's "Ex's & Oh's
," Rachel Platten's "Fight Song
"). When he played the riff to Bassett, he was surprised the songwriter liked it.
"I was like, 'Oh, this old thing?" he recalled to ABC Radio
. "'I've given up on this!'"
So Vance added some random lyrics he had lying around. "I think I said, 'Your love's always finding me,' which is something I had in my phone," he recalled.
"And he's like, "Oh yeah! 'Your love's always finding me out
.'" And I was like, 'Oh, yeah! I wasn't saying that but I love that you thought I was saying that!'" From there, Joy was able to finish the song.
"I wish that moment of magic happened every day and with every songwriting session," he concluded. "It doesn't. But I'm very happy that it happened with Dave and there was that breakthrough in that few hours with him and I'm very happy with the result."