At his May 2005 concert in Calgary, Lyle described how he wrote this song with Eric Taylor as they drove along a highway in Texas. They decided that a good friendship is often based on common dislikes.
Tom from Marble Falls, ArTo me, Lyle Lovett is like Wayne Newton: Everybody's heard of them, but no one actually knows why they're famous! I just looked Lyle up to find out what he sang that wasn't a cover or a Vegas act.
"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" was written by Nick Lowe in 1974. The original version with his group Brinsley Schwarz was kind of somber, but Elvis Costello made it a classic with his 1978 uptempo take.