ONE NIGHT in Brisbane while Pete Murray was waiting for his friends, a group of pretentious people walked into the bar who annoyed the Australian singer .
Contrary to what some may believe, Murray's song So Beautiful was inspired by this fateful night, not by any failed relationship.
"I can't stand pretentious people like that. I remember the way they strutted around and they were really loud and obnoxious and I just had to get out of there. I don't have time for that," Murray told The Courier.
"As soon as I got home, I started writing the song. I was trying to get the point across that these guys needed to take a good look at themselves and see how they were acting."
But over the years, fans have told Murray how So Beautiful indeed acted as a means for them to end their relationships with their partners, even though Murray never intended for it to be a break-up song.
"It's a powerful song and a lot of people have really connected to it," Murray said.
"It's an easy way to get out of relationships. You give someone the album and say 'play track three, and by the way you're dropped'."
A lot has happened since the release of So Beautiful.
Four albums later and a string of accolades to his name, and this much-loved Aussie musician has released his latest record Blue Sky Blue: The Byron Sessions.
The record features songs from Murray's previous album Blue Sky Blue but with musicians who have come to love lend their talents to his songs, creating a mesmerising sound that is familiar yet refreshing.
"A lot of people are saying that it is similar to Feeler in terms of the instrumentation, keys, acoustic flavour and the way I have sung the songs," Murray said.
For the first time since his independent artist days, Murray is now touring the country for some up-close-and-personal shows - partly solo and partly stripped back acoustic.
"Blue Sky Blue is more of a break-up album but a happy break-up album. I've tried to make it a bit more positive and not so deep and dark."
But even though the focus of the tour is on his latest record - one thing is almost guaranteed about Murray's upcoming show.
So Beautiful will be a part of his set.
"I've realised that the song means a lot to people. Even though overall I think people are over it - they're really not."
What: Pete Murray - The Byron Sessions
When: Friday, March 8 and Thursday, March 14
Where: Theatre Royal, Castlemaine and Regent Cinemas, Lydiard Street North
Tickets: $39 + b/f