Although the tune was a #1 hit on the Country chart, it drew some criticism for its lyric condemning welfare recipients (the members of the AHBA don't mind when Uncle Sam dips in their pockets but they resent when their dollar "goes to all of those standing in a welfare line"). The sentiment didn't seem to jibe with his protest anthem, "We Shall Be Free
," which was compassionate towards those struggling with poverty. How could he sing both in the same show?
"My answer to that was always, 'Guys, we can love one another, but at the same time we all need to pull our own weight,'" he wrote in his 2017 book, The Anthology Part 1: The Five Years
. "When you're down, put your hand out, we'll reach down to help pull you back up, but none of us want to be carried, we want to contribute."