This song is a track from Southern Rock Opera
, Drive-By Truckers conceptual song cycle about a mythical guitar hero based on songwriter Patterson Hood's upbringing in the American South. He recalled to Uncut
"I'd already written 'Days of Graduation,' 'Dead, Drunk, And Naked
' and a few others, and we knew the story was going to end with a plane crash. But we didn't have a middle part.
Then, on September 13th 1998, George Wallace died. I was living out in the country in Athens, Georgia, in this huge white haunted house. Everytime you'd look at a TV set they were showing footage of Wallace standing on the school house steps, or fire hoses and police dogs and (segregationist) Bull Connor and all that f---ing bul---it. I was so pissed off from seeing all that again, I decided to write a song about him, told from the devil's point of view, as he seemed to be a big part of this story we were telling. I wrote Wallace in about 10 minutes and visualised it as the song that would close Act One of the album."