For many years the viola player, Cathy Stevens, lived in the cottage next to the studio where Robert Fripp and David Singleton worked – and the haunting sound of her unaccompanied viola would drift through the window.
The viola and bass clarinet duet which opens this song was not therefore written for just any viola, but for a very precise one – and The Vicar insisted on getting Cathy to come and play this part which was written with her in mind – accompanied by Karen Wimhurst on bass clarinet. Another wonderful vocal by Andy Yorke completes the package.
The arrangement was actually completed on a weekend break in Wales. Forced to take a weekend off, Singleton took a keyboard with him, as he could feel the ideas bubbling, and finished it in stolen moments in his parents-in-law spare bedroom. One way of avoiding your mother-in-law, I suppose.