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Stephin Merritt is reported as saying that, in his mind, Papa Was a Rodeo is sung by a man to a woman called Mike [source]. Hence the vocal from Shirley Simms at the end of the song — though the choice of name allows for some ambiguity up to this point.

'What are we doing in this dive bar / How can you live in a place like this?'

According to legend, part of the song was written in the [Rainbow Cattle Co bar] in Austin, Texas [source]. It has more than one mirrorball [picture]. However, in the 69 Love Songs booklet, Stephin reports that he wrote the chorus several years before the rest of the song, at the time of [The Charm of the Highway Strip].

Papa Was a Rodeo has been covered by Kelly Hogan and The Pine Valley Cosmonauts on their album Beneath The Country Underdog.

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