LD Beghtol, who sings the song, writes:
Stephin went through a bunch of versions with different instrumentation for this track, and he was getting rather frustrated about it. He played it for me over the phone and I liked it a lot — this was to be my last song for the album — but suggested he leave the busy mix as it was as a mono background, then add ukes and other rhythm tracks in front of that for a really 'deep' aural picture, which worked pretty well.
I recorded the vocal on my lunch hour one afternoon at [Mother West] (the Flare studio), at the very end of the sessions, with Charles Newman engineering and Claudia [Gonson] directing. We did two takes: first me singing in big belting baritone voice (Claudia said, "Sing it likePaint your Wagon!, LD") and then I did the little backing vocal "ah's" on the refrains and at the end.
Stephin wasn't expecting my full-throttle baritone on it, but liked it in the end — especially against the psycho backing track that spirals out of control at the end. Live, that's the part Claudia sang with me.
This is the second song in a row that shares a title with someone else's song — in this case INXS [lyrics to their song Bitter Tears].
- [Lyrics and guitar tab] from stephinsongs web site.