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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