The opening lines of Shelby Lynne's "I'll Hold Your Head" depict a common scene from the singer's childhood in Mobile, Alabama.Four bald tires on an old Impala
17 degrees in South Alabama
Mama needs money and we're late for school
Picking out the parts of a Bob Wills tune
The song, which appears on her largely-autobiographical Revelation Road
album, was inspired by long car trips to and from school with her mother and sister. She explained the routine in an interview with FaceCulture
: "We lived in the country. It was like a 30 minute drive to school everyday. We lived so far in the country the school bus wouldn't go there, so we would drive…so during that time, we sang," she said.