The closing track of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is a downbeat state of the nation address. It finds Mellcamp deliberating on race in 21st century America.
"I didn't want to write that song," Mellencamp moaned to American Songwriter. "I wasn't sitting around thinking about race or anything like that, but this voice just interrupts and says, 'Hey, you better write this down.' Aw, I'm doing something else. Leave me alone. I'm busy. But this voice grows stronger and stronger. 'John, you need to f--king write this down.' So I have to stop what I'm doing and write it down."
Mellencamp first dropped this song on January 19, 2017 - the eve of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.
Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" is a mashup of "Werewolves Of London" and "Sweet Home Alabama." The album it came from was released in October, 2007, but they held off until summer, 2008 for a more seasonable release.
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.