The following commentary about this song is found in the Some Devil
packaging: "One dead still hot summer's day I was sitting with some friends and family by a great old leaf-covered box elder in my garden. We were wondering when it might finally give up and collapse under the weight of its heavy, heavy limbs. And then, as if it were listening in on our conversation, it creaked, and cracked, and fell down right there in front of us. I'm glad no one was sleeping under it. It did, however, flatten my canoe." On 9.25.22
, Dave states that this song is about an accident he had in his Sunbird in the 80s, "if things had not turned out quite so well."
Along with The Long Black Veil
, Eh Hee
, The Maker
, and Stay or Leave
, this is one of just six songs that have been played by DMB, Dave & Tim, Dave & Friends, and Dave solo.