"Fiddler's Green" (1991)
The 1991 album Road Apples continued to build on the band's bluesy sound. In a 1991 interview with The Georgia Straight, guitarist Rob Baker shared how the album got its name. After the band suggested a number of ideas that their label deemed inside jokes, they countered with Road Apples, the slang term for horse droppings. "And of course they had no idea what road apples were in Los Angeles," Baker said. "They said, 'Oh, yeah! Songs that you wrote on the road! We love it!'" The song "Fiddler's Green" was written for Downie's young nephew Charles Gillespie, who had died of a heart ailment before it was recorded. The emotional ballad remained unplayed for 15 years, until 2006.