American singer-songwriter Guy Clark
composed this song as a reaction to the press coverage of the suicide epidemic afflicting soldiers returning from the Middle East. "It felt like something that needed to be addressed," he told American Songwriter
magazine. "I want it to be something you want to hear again. And a lot of times, it's not really a chorus, it's just 'desperados waiting for a train.' And that's all the chorus there is. Just that. Like how 'my favorite picture of you
' is the only thing that repeats."