Speaking to us in a 2013 interview, Tonio K recalled
that his original choice for vocalist on the song was the famously gruff-voiced Tom Waits. "The first person I thought of when Keller played me that track and after I had written it, the first person whose voice I wanted to hear singing that was Waits, which is ridiculous," he said, "obviously it would have been great. It's not like I knew him well enough to call him up and say, 'Hey, you want to sing a demo for us?' So that never even came through on that set. But he is the first guy I thought of when the song was completed. I thought, Well, this song is so beautiful, what it needs is Tom Waits to put an edge on it."