I wrote this thinking about Ralph Stanley, the great bluegrass artist with the high lonesome sound. I started by trying to figure out his song, The Darkest Hour, but then I thought it’d be more fun to try to write my own, the same but different. I think a lot of folk songs were conceived of in this way, as more or less a copy of something truly great. Actually, it’s very humbling to compare my song to his. Maybe I should not have made the comparison. Well, you don’t have to eclipse the masters to benefit from studying them.