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Songfacts®:

  • Lovett describes this song as "an attempt at the narrative murder ballad."
  • Many classic country songs recount tales of murder, like Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." At this point, Lovett was still being marketed as country, so it fit with his image.
  • Lyle added his own twist to the tale, vividly describing the marriage of his ex-girlfriend to another man. At the wedding, he shoots them both down from the middle of the aisle. He personifies the murder weapon by calling it his "old friend."

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