Honoring AA & Life/Death –
June 1, 2019 – As Gustafson explained in conversation with NPR’s Scott Simon, though, Madelyn’s funeral wasn’t the first time she played the song for someone she knew — nor does she expect it to be the last. Gustafson says she wrote the song about 15 years ago for a friend who was suffering from a heroin addiction and whose whereabouts were often unclear. “I wanted to send him a message of hope: that there was always a way to come back home and to become recovered from his addiction” she says. This sentiment of inviting-home opens the track, at the top. “If you get lost / There is no danger / There is no danger,” Gustafson sings.