Some songs are just meant to be fun, so says the philosophy of Portage and Main's John Sponarski
. The singer/songwriter used this song as an example in a Songfacts interview:
"'Sweet Darlin'' may lack in depth, but it's a song that's a lot of fun. It's a fun rock- and-roll song. And Harold and I look at songwriting that way. I don't think that every song has to be some introspective journey into oneself. I mean, it doesn't have to be deep. Songs can just be songs for the sake of being songs. Everything doesn't have to be super huge. You know, playing the bar scene and doing that kind of thing and going around, you see into the lives of a lot of different people, and you see a lot of people acting in certain ways, getting really drunk at the bar and stuff. So I think 'Sweet Darlin'' can be a bit of a tongue-in-cheek tune, but in a sense it's a really fun one."