The lyrics are pretty cut and dried: It's got something different, you know? It may be one of the top five songs we've ever written. We wrote the song several years ago, and it was different then, and we reimagined it when we were in the studio. Government mule ass james brown flows up and down, and there's a lot of dynamics.
It's a melting pot of all our influences. It may be one of the top five songs we've ever written. It's one of the most musical things we've ever written. When the verse comes in Ben's playing one thing, Jon's playing one thing, the piano's doing one thing, and I'm doing something totally different. When I sent the test mix to the rest of the guys in the bands, I also sent it to Warren.
We hit record, and when the verse came in I ended up playing that instead of the original part. It was the first thing that popped into my head. The way I look at life is if you don't have anything to go home to, you don't really have much to begin with.
I think it's the most Zeppelin-esque thing we've done — as far as the guitar intro goes — but then it goes to a whole different place: The lyrics are pretty cut and dried: Basically, it boils down to when the only thing you have left in the world to give anybody is what you would say to them with your last words. The result is Family Tree , a record that's more the sum of their influences than anything the band have released before, from the Zeppelin-esque intro on You Got The Blues to the swaggering seventies boogie of Ain't Nobody. It's like a boogie song, but I've tried to think think who I could compare it to, but I can't think of anything.