This was written during a Jill Sobule recording session. As I recall, her producer Brad Jones was working on a vocal comp and there was an hour or so of downtime. So Jill, Robin Eaton and I started to mess around at the Wurlitzer electric piano in the studio, and out popped this song. We finished it just as Brad was finishing his comp, and with the song fresh out of the oven, we cut a version that ended up on Jill’s Underdog Victorious record. A few years later, Molly and I recorded it for the Swan Dive album. It’s a deceptive song. Sweet on the outside, dark on the inside.
In its life beyond our albums, it was featured on an episode of The L Word, and used for an in-store compilation sold in the Meijer discount store chain. In the second case, I’m pretty sure they didn’t listen very closely to the lyrics.
The performance segment of the video, directed by our brilliant friend Kip Kubin, was filmed in New Harmony, Indiana, inside the garden labyrinth. Surely one of the most picturesque settings ever for a video. That’s Molly’s nephew Elliot on pedal steel. He doesn’t actually play, but he did a great job miming it. The Mexican dream sequence stuff was shot at Kip’s house. I enjoyed shrinking inside my suit, and becoming a mustachioed baby.
I’m delighted that Microcosmodischi is making this the lead track.