Merle Haggard might, or might not be at the top your list as a musician. To me though, he told of a time and place that I've written about here on the forum many times. People today have so many nets to catch them when they fall, it's doubtful they ever experience abject poverty the way that Merle, and people like me who were of his era did. It was a time when if you didn't work, you didn't eat. When if you didn't have a way of making a living, you might not make it. I know Merle loved his family, all of them but he loved his momma something special. He often spoke of her, and wrote about her. The living in a canvas covered cabin in a labor camp is something I did, not heard about. I know we have our own kind of homeless now, but their problems are something entirely different. The times I'm talking about were when your were ready, and willing to work, but there was no work. When you didn't work, that backbone went to rubbing your belly button. This song really reflects a time that most of you will have never known, I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but my living through those times really helps me to understand what Merle was trying to say in his songs. This is one of his best efforts in that vein.