"so low" was originally written and recorded in 2004, then re-recorded in 2008 with revised lyrics and some changes to the structure. the clip presented here is from the 2008 re-recording.
i don't really have any recollection of any specific events or situations inspiring this song; like so many of them, it's just another tune. i would assume that it was kind of a thing where i had some chords, and then filled in nondescript lyrics as i went.
i don't often re-visit a song once it's been finished, although it may go through several iterations during the initial writing/recording process (meaning that there are many songs which have different versions, but they were generally all recorded in quick succession during the same span of time). that said, there are a few instances where a song bothers me enough after the fact that i will go back and try again, sometimes years later — "so low" is an example of this.
the original version was slower, and seemed to lack momentum; so i changed the tempo and added the repeating chorus at the end ("rounds") to give it more impact. it's a novelty, but it worked pretty well in this case.