“We put the John Lee Hooker House Rent Blues rap on there and tied the two songs together. The guy’s just about broke, and he’s lookin’ for free drinks. He’s been thrown out of his house, he can’t find a job – a very standard thing that happens all over the world.
“The song was a hit – I knew it. I said, ‘We’ve gotta cut it. If we don’t, somebody else will. J. Geils will do it or Tom Waits will do it. Somebody will take this song and make it a classic.’ So many people could’ve done incredible versions. Canned Heat could’ve done it. Elvin Bishop could’ve torn it to pieces. I said, ‘We gotta beat these people to the punch. This is a great song!’
“I met Bob Dylan, and he told me that his favorite song was One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. I said, ‘Well, that stays in the show!’ [Laughs] How’s that for an endorsement? The song is street theater. It’s kind of a rap song. You don’t sing it – you talk it through. It’s perfect for me. Let’s face it: Nobody’s ever gonna mistake me for Roger Daltrey.”