One of the "inside jokes" Isbell wrote with his fellow recovering alcoholics in mind is that he actually misses getting pulled over by traffic cops.Last night I did myself a favor
I called in sick and went downtown
Drove past the local bar
A cop got behind my car
I wish he would pull me over now
Isbell explained to Variety
: "There've been quite a few times when a cop will get behind me and I'll think, 'Okay, go for it, buddy! I've got all my papers together here. I know where my insurance card is.' That used to not be the case at all: I'd have to rummage through looking for everything, and more often than not, I would be a little bit drunk and start thinking, 'Well, how many did I have? How long has it been?'
In a song like that, you do want to say something that's widely understood, but there also should be some details where people think, 'Oh, not everybody's going to get this,' because then they feel more heard themselves."