"You work all your life to become a tradesman or another worker out in the field there, and it's just so fragile. Your job, your entire existence is based on the price of oil,"The moody song also touches on the impact of migrant work on workers’ home lives:
"You know, you're living in a $500,000 home, you've got two $75,000 trucks and two sleds and two quads and you can't live like that very long with the price of oil down," said Hickey on the inspiration for the song.
“It’s time away from family — I’ve missed some of my close friends’ funerals and that’s something you need, to get closure.”
“I had a nine-year relationship that fell apart because of the traveling. When we were working those 14 and seven shifts out West we were basically in Alberta nine months of a year — that's a huge chunk of your life.”
-- Bob Barnetson