told Songfacts the story behind this song: "I was sitting at a restaurant bar having a drink talking to this stranger. Somehow the subject drifted to heroic people and he told me this incredible story about Nicholas Winton (now Sir Nicholas Winton). I was so moved, I couldn't stop thinking about it. When I got home, I read everything I could about him. Needless to say, the story moved me enough to document it in song. It wasn't just the extensive actions he took to save so many children; it was that it was kept a secret for about 50 years. His story and modesty will hopefully inspire ordinary people to help and get involved for many years to come.
I wrote this song about five years ago when he was 100. He died at 105. I have since been in touch with both of his children."