John Smith wanted to depict what he calls "my melancholy mission" in the video, premiering exclusively below, for the title track of the British troubadour's latest album, Hummingbird.
Smith's initial idea for the clip was grand: "Some kind of a great pilgrimage, maybe even heading down to Spain," he tells Billboard, inspired by the Laurie Lee novel, As I Walked Out One Morning.
However, Smith wound up staying closer to home in the countryside near Somerset, England, where ends up performing in a pub, his appearance interspersed with scenes of a young woman dancing. "I just took a walk around the countryside where I live, and we found this fantastic dancer to flit in and out of sight, like the titular hummingbird," Smith says. "We decided to put as much of her in the video as possible. What she's doing is so visual and so satisfying to watch, just beautiful -- better than staring at me, right?"