This song, about a guy with a very passive attitude who lies around all day doing nothing, was originally written very tongue-in-cheek. Because it contained references to drugs and drinking, however, Charlie Daniels felt it was inappropriate to play it during live shows for several years. In a Songfacts interview with Daniels
, he said, "Things have gotten so serious and it's such a big problem with drugs and alcohol with kids, and it just went against my Christian feelings to actually do anything that somebody could construe with promoting that lifestyle, or those things, the alcohol and drugs."
It wasn't until many years later that he decided to change some of the words so he felt he could begin playing it in his live shows again. "The song was such a big part of our repertoire and was always just a popular song for us to do. And people kept wanting it, so I changed 'I get stoned in the morning, I get drunk in the afternoon' to 'I get up in the morning, I get down in the afternoon,' which means the same thing. I wish I had done that to start with."