When Robbie Robertson of The Band went solo, no one expected such a soulful song like this to come out of him.
And yet, this sultry masterpiece is exactly what he came up with. But it happened accidentally. As Robertson was playing with chord progressions, he was telling a story, which producer and fellow Canadian Daniel Lanois secretly recorded. The chorus and backing vocals by Sam Llanas of The BoDeans were added later.
I would be remiss if I didn't talk about the video. There's three people in the video - Robertson, Llanas, and Maria McKee, who at the time was wrapping up her time with Lone Justice and embarking on a solo career. McKee herself sings some background vocals on other Robertson songs on his debut album, but her appearance her is solely visual.