This is the second or third song I ever wrote, back around 1990. I wanted to write a funny, topical early Dylan/Dave Van Ronk-style tale. Originally, it was thirteen verses, but now it’s down to ten because I’ve learned to edit in the last 37 years.
I still play it occasionally and people seem to like it, though I get a few quizzical looks when I sing about phone books and dial phones. There’s an Easter egg in the 8th or 9th verse for those who hang with it.