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Why Did Wilco Write a Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend?

The indie rock band Wilco just released their complex and inspiring new album, The Whole Love. The record concludes with a song, “One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend).” We caught up with novelist Jane Smiley, confirming that the haunting song is indeed about her partner.

Smiley (pictured, via Mike Bennington) explained: “Apparently my partner was chatting to Jeff Tweedy about some religious thoughts. I don’t quite understand the song, but those who’ve heard it seem to really like it, especially the music. I do think that it is really funny that someone as square (and old) as myself would end up in the title of a song in an alt-rock group’s album.”

The 12-minute song won’t be available until September 27th, but here’s a sample of lyrics from the song: “One Sunday Morning /  Oh, one son is gone. / I can see where it’s dawning / Over the sea / My father said what I had become / No one should be.”

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