Nichols admitted to Billboard magazine that he knows this innuendo-filled track is unlikely to win any songwriting awards. "It's corny and goofy. If I had to describe it in one word, I would say ridiculous," he said. "I like songs like this because it is silly, but at the same time it feels good. It feels fun. Music is supposed to be a little lighter sometimes. 'Hee Haw' isn't going to win any Grammys for lyrical genius, but it will put you in a good mood and make you smile."
"Cleveland Rocks" was written by an Englishman. Ian Hunter wrote the song after touring America in the late '70s and finding that Cleveland was by far the most receptive city to his brand of Glam Rock.