Jimmie Dale Gilmore, who was a member of The Flatlanders, wrote this song with John Reed, who was in an Austin group called Frieda and the Firedogs, best known for playing with Willie Nelson when he came to town. With no drums, it's a poignant song that has come to define Gilmore's career. "It was inspired by this feeling I had one night having to do with, Well, I just want to go downtown," he told us
. "Everybody knows that feeling. I think that's why that song resonates with people, because it kind of conjures an emotion that you can't quite put your finger on."