This song finds Isbell singing about the occupants of some flea pit hotel. Their characters are drawn as lessons in life and how not to live it. Uncut magazine commented to Isbell that the characters in many of his songs seem lonely and adrift and asked him if he sees himself in them? He replied, "I'm not lonely in any permanent sense, I still feel like a person on the fringes of society in a lot of ways."
"I love traveling, I crave it. Sometimes, but I'm not delusional and not to believe it's a natural and healthy way to live. It's possible for me to inhabit these characters because I have a good memory of the times when I was adrift, and I still feel like a bit of a castaway."
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.
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