This is the opening track from Robert Earl Keen's album Ready For Confetti. Most of his songs tell a story, and American Songwriter magazine asked the Texas country-folk artist if his tales are autobiographical or more for entertainment purposes. He replied: "I usually always try to start with some point of truth as a reference or cornerstone. And then I fictionalize everything from there. Then the idea is to either get a message across through the story or make people think about whatever I think they should be thinking about. There's usually a message behind the story or sometimes it's about how cool the story can be."
Keen added that this song is "just a really cool Western motif story. I'm not trying to put across any kind of real message other than one lover wants to get to another lover and will do anything to make that happen."
Keen told American Songwriter he is proud of the lyrical content on this song, He explained why: "I don't think I'm the cleverest guy, but I'm a solid lyricist. In the 'Black Baldy Stallion,' I'm singing a syllable on every beat, which reflects this whole feeling of riding a horse to some destination. Then when it gets to the chorus, it opens up really wide. There's just a few words in the chorus and it's a real singable, easy chorus. But the story right there is very dense and I was really proud of that. And that was intentional. I wanted this really dense verse and then this really open chorus. It builds tension through the verses and then gives you some great release during the choruses."
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