I wrote this song during a sickness induced writing burst which saw a number of my contributions to the album conceived or competed over a space of 3 days. We’d just finished a long run of gigs and festivals which had completely wiped me out. Laying on my back in bed at my flat I had my most productive writing spell for many years and it all started when I tried to pick out the chords to Goin’ Out West by Tom Waits as I was curious to see if I could sing like him seeing as my throat felt like it was lined with glass paper. Needless to say I couldn’t but messing around with the chords I managed to write the entire melody to Into Desperate Arms. The lyrics followed almost intact immediately afterwards.
The original demo has the song pretty much fully formed apart from Nicky’s industrial percussion and John (let loose on lead guitar) making some if the most remarkable noises I’ve ever heard during the solo section. I’m not certain that the ￼microphones were able to pick up all of the outrageous frequencies coming out of the guitar amp; lost only to memory.