Drummer Richie Albright recalls Waylon talking about it in a later recording session:
“Just remind me when I’m picking singles from now on that I got to sing that motherfucker every night.”
Written by Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons, the song stayed number one on the US Billboard Country Chart for 6 weeks and also peaked at 25 on the US Billboard Pop Chart. Waylon said he believed the song succeeded like it did for a simple reason.
“Every state has a Luckenbach; a place to get away from things.”
The song is a good reminder to not worry about keeping up with the Jones’ and just focus on being happy in your own life, a message that becomes more and more relevant every day…
Years later, at a Waylon Jennings tribute concert, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Eric Church, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Ryan Bingham and more would perform the song to close out the show.