In our 2011 interview with J.D. Souther
, he told us that this was his most misunderstood song. Said Souther: "It wasn't exactly sarcasm, but it certainly wasn't me. If anything, I would love to be a much simpler man with a much simpler dream. It was more like imagining myself in somebody else's shoes and just writing from there. In the way that [Warren] Zevon would take a character or voice and go with it, or the way Randy Newman would write a song that is certainly convincing as a piece of work, but you know it's not exactly the way he feels about that. Or at least it's not the only way he feels about it."