Perfectly crafted popular hit songs never use the wrong rhyme
This may be one of Prine’s most pop songs, and in this phrase he’s commenting on the pressures to make his music more commercial.
Prine has always remained independent in his musical style. It’s not quite country, it’s not quite rock, but it’s always Pure Prine.
John Prine in 1983:
John Prine in 2013: