It was first recorded in October 2000 when it was planned to be the title song for an album of songs recorded at the Wool Hall Studios with Linda Gail Lewis and her band, the Red Hot Pokers. The tracks planned for that album were re-recorded and completed by the end of 2001 with a new band.
The song is autobiographical and Morrison's musical tribute to his father, George Morrison who had died from sudden heart failure in 1988. The song suggests that the senior Morrison returned from Detroit, Michigan, in his son's early childhood, and led a life of "quiet desperation", having failed to find a permanent job and move his family to America. He brought back with him a record collection that would be of the greatest influence on his young son's development as a blues, R&B, and soul singer. But according to the lyrics of the song his father had become dispirited and spent years of his life just riding his bike to work at the Harland and Wolff shipyard, returning home to sit in front of the television set. In the lyrics of the song, the singer sympathetically assures his father that he did the best he could.
Van Morrison has often performed this song in concert since its release and it was also recorded on a TV film shown on PBS television from a show performed the night before his festival performance at the Austin City Limits Festival in September 2006.