'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.
- [Recording of live performance] for KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic as part of archived radio interview (Acoustic Guitar begins 29min 35secs in)
- Category: songs featuring gender or sexuality switches
- [Lyrics and guitar tab] from stephinsongs web site.