This song was first played on 07.28.07 at a Dave & Tim show. The meaning of the name was revealed when Stefan said in an interview on Sirius satellite radio that this is the twenty-seventh song from the latest batch of songs the band has been working on. On 08.02.07 and again on 06.07.08, Dave introduced "#27" as "I Hope You'll Be By Me Then".
In 2009, #27 was officially released as a b-side on the bonus disc "Little Red Bird" which was included in the deluxe package of "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux" King.
Dave covered this song by Willie Nelson during 2001 and 2002. He occasionally has been known to include a "Dock of the Bay" interpolation into it.
(Ain't It) Funny How Time Slips Away (Willie Nelson Cover)