I didn’t meey my wife until I was 24. We didn’t grow up together, but we did grow up very close to each other and had many similar experiences. I always imagined the narrator in this song to be a very young version of myself, 5-7 years old, talking to a similarly young version of her. I love the ability of music, and art in general, to create and explore a moment that never actually existed. I think we would have been really good friends when we were children. The song also advises the character’s in it from a perspective of more age and wisdom. I occasionally have dreams where my present consciousness travels through time into my younger self. It’s the old “I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger,” idea. That’s another aspect of how this song feels to me, like I’m standing in front of my younger self dispensing advice he really couldn’t process anyway.
Musically I’d created a demo of this song years ago with a beat I’d really liked. I still wanted a fake sounding beat but wanted to experiment a bit so I used Garage Band to make a beat with the very realistic sounding Drummer instrument, then copied the midi data and used that to program a drum machine. I exported both tracks to my DAW (Reaper FYI) and layered them both in the mix. I’m very happy with the results. I hope you listen, enjoy, and share!