“I was messing around with the chord progressions to Oh! Susanna, and I played it on a honky-tonk piano. I added some fifth root chords to it, and everybody thought that was pretty cool. Then Greg came up with the words: ‘Jeremy Bender was a man of leisure, took his pleasure in the evening sun.’
“I have no idea where those lyrics came from. But the title, the name ‘Bender’ – back in those days, that was a guy with gay attitudes. I didn’t think much about that; I was just happy to get some words up so I could play that honky-tonk piano.
“It’s sort of Floyd Kramer, the piano style. He was a great player. So it’s sort of me doing Floyd playing Oh! Susanna, if that makes any sense. We all thought it was a fun song. It lightened everything up.”