Could be one of six songs:
- A 1962 single by Ray Charles
- A 1962 single by Johnny Cash
- A 1977 single by Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
- A 1992 single by Social Distortion
- A 1999 single by Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society
- A 2002 single by Dee Dee Ramone
In this context it's likely to be the Johnny Cash one, which is a version of a traditional country song. The Ray Charles version is the same traditional song. The Johnny Thunders song is also a possibility because The Hold Steady's sound could easily appeal to both fans of Bruce Springsteen and fans of Johnny Thunders.
Also could be a reference to the song by the SoCal hardcore punk band Social Distortion.
It is a reference to the Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers song, confirmed by Craig after a show.
from Barfruit Blues