One morning, Georgia singer/songwriter Adam Klein and his wife noticed a cat had died on their driveway and assumed he had accidently run it over. Normally in this situation, life would go on after feeling some remorse for the animal and then eventually, it would be forgotten. Klein however, handled the situation a bit differently.
This experience inspired Klein to write his song, “Little Tiger.” Although it is based off of the stray cat that unfortunately passed away, the lyrics ended up having a much deeper meaning to them.
“Really thinking about the song now, I feel like it means and can mean a whole lot more,” says Klein. “There’s a yearning in the song, there’s a certain nostalgia and you have the idea of the fragility of life and relationships.”
Klein is not trying to compare the loss of this wondering stray cat to a human’s loved one who has passed, but in these lyrics, he focuses on the topic of grief. As humans, there can be a lot to mourn in life, whether it be a person, place or idea.