"On the first album, “Janglin’,” “Home,” “Desert Song,” and “Kisses Over Babylon.” All these songs had this sense of wonder and adventure in open land. As a kid, I would go on vacation a lot—my dad would take us through the desert, the Four Corners area with all that red sand and open land and severe mountains—that imagery was very much in my mind, and with regard to “Home,” I had written a lot of the music and was writing and recording it in my room in this little apartment, hanging out with Jade a lot. She was over one day—I don’t believe I had written any lyrics yet. I think I was just starting to fumble around with putting vocals on the song when she jumped up. She literally jumped up, ran over and said, “Give me the mic!” She just started going, “Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my Ma and Pa.” And then I came up with the next line, and on and on.
So that was a real moment of inspiration from her to just get up and shout out those lines. And same with the story in the middle—that was totally on the fly. That spontaneity was there. One of the parts I remember the most about writing the song was the bridge and the timing of this thing. I wrote it on the guitar, and it was interesting. The rhythm and the cadence of each bar—it’s an odd, like a six-bar, four-bar, an odd timing, not just a four-bar loop. And I remember winding my way through this cavern and seeing the cracks in the light. It was just a fun piece to write because I had in mind this horn melody at the same time—or at least I imagine I must have. Otherwise I can’t imagine why I would have played the guitar like that. I had probably played the melody on kazoo.”- Alex Ebert