Songs like "Sam Stone
," about a drug-addicted war veteran, came out of Prine's military experience, but also gave people the false impression that he was a protest singer. "A lot of people when I started out thought I was singing protest songs, only because I was singing about social issues, but it just so happened that was what was going on," said Prine. "At the time, things around were very political. It's not that I was trying to be political – but that was what people were talking about and that's what the songs were about. It turned me off when people labeled me a protest singer. As a matter of fact I thought there were very human things which people could relate to regardless of how they felt politically – I had a feller from the Young Conservatives Party [sic] come up to me after a show (this was one of the nicest compliments I ever got) – he said 'I really wish you were on our side.' I said 'I am, I am!' He didn't understand. He missed the whole show!"