I was thinking about that song a few days ago. Waylon was anti-Nashville Establishment. He did not like the politics of the Nashville recording industry. That is one of the reasons he & a few others were known as outlaws. He did run afoul of the law sometimes. Hiis voice was unique not mistaken for other singers. His recording of MacArthur's Park was a departure from tradtional country music. Another was 'Rose In Paradise'.
I like Tompall & the Glazers recording of this song also. There was a video of their last show together, that was their signature song. They were not a traditional Nashville group, I think they were from the midwest, maybe Nebraska. I saw an interview Tompall did with one of the Nashville music commentators, very interesting how they got recorded & their invitation to the Opry.
great song as are most of his
I think it's a song about getting caught up in the welfare system. And losing yourself.
Maybe about just giving up on everything.