If you've paid much attention to this blog, or if you know me in real life, then you probably already know how much I love Todd Snider. There is such a high amount of charm, humour, and insight packed into every one of his songs, and this track is a perfect example of what he does best. In what could have easily of been a song about what the truly important things in life are (i.e. not money, compliments, and publicity), Todd uses humour and irony to get the point across in much clever and enjoyable way.
Is it his best song? Possibly. But only because this track is so perfect (my second favourite moment is the “I was hoping for something more specific” line). His other songs are also filled with perfectly placed humour and insight. And there is no such thing as a charmless Todd Snider song (well, especially from 'Near Truths And Hotel Rooms' and onwards). Well, I guess I'll stop short from saying it is definitely his best (‘The Ballad Of The Kingsmen’ is pretty genius, and as soon as I started this paragraph, a dozen other 'best song' contenders crept into my head). I'll just say that it is my favourite at the moment, and leave it at that.