"One of my running themes for the last two Elbow records has been getting older and I've written a love song to my friends on every record. This is both. Most people have lost somebody by the time they hit 40 and mine stay very much in my mind. But I also wrote this for the ones I don't see just because life has taken them somewhere else. Shakespeare of course put it better than anyone so I nicked that. I also paraphrase William Penn. When short of a chorus, steal profundities from the best. The brass was supplied by the wonderful Tim Barber (making his second appearance on one of our records), Bob Marsh, who is another Klootie contact, and the lovely Kat Curlett who as well as being in the Hallé is my trumpet tutor. You lot won't hear me play anything other than the one note at the beginning of 'Starlings' for at least a decade but my instrument has superseded my BBC security pass as my favourite object in the world." - Guy Garvey
"Let's have one other gaudy night: call to me
All my sad captains; fill our bowls once more;
Let's mock the midnight bell." - William Shakespeare, "Anthony and Cleopatra"
"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." - William Penn