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Album: SundownReleased: 1974Charted:
Lightfoot got the idea for this from a road sign he saw just north of Phoenix, Arizona. The Carefree Highway intersects I-17, and leads to Carefree, Arizona, a small community north of Phoenix.
In the April 1975 Crawdaddy magazine, he explained: "I thought it would make a good title for a song. I wrote it down, put it in my suitcase and it stayed there for 8 months."
The woman in the song was Lightfoot's girlfriend when he was 22. Her name was Ann.
Lightfoot was asked during a Reddit AMA what he meant by the song's second line, "I wonder how the old folks are tonight?" He replied: "Well, I always thought about my folks. They're both gone now. But I always thought about my folks, it doesn't matter what kind of trouble I was getting into, I always thought about my folks."