There’s lots I love about this song. I love reading it as a parental lament. I love the rise, the heave of the guitar at the beginning of each chorus and then its falling-back, like a sob. I was skeptical of the almost do-wop sway of the beat but they never build it too big so it never gets showy, and I love that restraint that comes off not as restraint but as bare-bones honesty.
And that piano at the end, oh man. I know it’s simple and just repeats, and that it’s probably cinematic connotations that endear me to it. And that it’s essentially a fade-out. But even so, it’s like watching someone watch videos of their kid, or listening to people talk about how small you used to be, and how much they loved you.