“It’s brilliant in that it’s a character song, but the character isn’t Spike. We never learn whether Spike is a good guy or a bad guy. We don’t know his age, any of his characteristics, where he’s from, or what he’s doing there. He just doesn’t belong he’s just there for caricature of unwelcoming yokels to contrast with. It’s a very clever way to write a lyric.”

Check out the song here: https://youtu.be/t7ALjBfVn9I

Here’s the live version from Farm Aid in ’86: https://youtu.be/a4HVtB7CIBo

Here’s the 2012 version from Estero Florida: https://youtu.be/1u2fgGEgaPo

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