This song is about a backwater redneck who goes insane and kills his daughter by throwing her down a well. Later, he hangs himself in a barn.
Bob Biggs, who was president of their record label, Slash Records, did not like this. He complained, "It's OK until that piano comes in and ruins it." The band was puzzled since there is no piano on the song. It became clear that Biggs could not tell the difference between a piano and a banjo.
Femmes frontman Gordon Gano started writing this when he was a sophomore in high school in study hall.
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