Nine of the 10 songs on the Honky Tonk Heroes
album, including this one, were written by the Texas songwriter Billy Joe Shaver. Like Jennings, Shaver is a leading figure in the "Outlaw Country" movement, or as he calls it, "Outcast Country." In a 2010 Songfacts interview with Billy Joe Shaver
, he told us: "We were a different bunch of people in from Texas, and we didn't dress up in white ties and things like that - just jeans - and it was different. But when we hit, everybody went our direction and the foundation got laid that was kind of outcast, but became a cornerstone of the whole mess. I say 'mess,' but the whole institution of Nashville, they were thankful after a while. They realized that it really helped more than it hurt. And a lot of things have been done on top of that now, and it's still rolling. I think it's a great thing."