The son of a US Army Air Corps officer (later a US Air Force Major General), Kris Kristofferson joined the Army and achieved the rank of Captain. He later became a helicopter pilot after receiving flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama but gave up a military career in 1965 to pursue songwriting. On this song he recalls a scene witnessed from the air, while flying helicopters over the Gulf of Mexico.
To the younger crowd, "A Little Less Conversation" is one of the most popular Elvis Presley songs. Peaking at #50 when it was released in 1968, it got new life in the '00s when it was used in the movies Lilo And Stitch and Ocean's Eleven.