This song is about how we crave what is forbidden. In Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, John Fogerty asks, "Why is it that those things that are really bad for you - candy, ice cream, alcohol - taste so good? Why is it that the things that we can't have we want even more?"
A bootleg is an example of an item made more appealing because it is illicit. In the '60s, a bootleg was an illegal recording of a concert. These were often very low quality, but still coveted, as they were rare and unauthorized.
Tom Fogerty played the acoustic guitar on this track.
Ronnie Van Zant wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme Three Steps" after making the mistake of dancing with a girl whose boyfriend was in the bar and probably had a gun. He asked for a 3-step head start.