Album: Honky Tonk Union (2000)
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  • Clyne: "That song I wrote in the same stint of writing as the rest of Honky Tonk Union, so I wrote it down in the cattle ranch, the Clyne Ranch. There's a lot of characters that I grew up with out there, like the hired hands who for some reason seemed separated from those who hired them. In writing it, I was actually sort of self-exiled from the house. I said some despicable thing to my fiancée, and I got kicked out of the house, and I was watching her cook and sway to the radio. And so I used that as fodder to write the song. I found that exile was painful, and I felt for one reason or another like, maybe the hired hands whom we'd been using, we'd been employing for 20-30 years down there sometimes, may look at us with a certain longing, a certain longing to be included. It's basically a love song, it's hoping for reconciliation, for reunion." (Get more in our Roger Clyne interview. His website is

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  • AnonymousTony is correct
  • Tony from ArizonieThe opening lyrics are:

    Daisies stand up on their tip-toes
    Clouds tumble over themselves in the sky
    And all the pretty horses come runnin' to her
    And even the dust devils PRAY
    THAT they'll catch HER eye

    also, 4th verse:

    I need your government warning
    Like I need a hole in my head
    Well, I won't shoot your coyotes
    And I won't burn your weeds
    Your paycheck won't fill up this hollow
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