The Song: "L.A. County," Lyle Lovett. Words & music by Lyle Lovett. Track 5 of Pontiac, 1990.
When/how acquired: Purchased cassette, c. 1990
You can't beat Lyle Lovett for the perfect combination of good humor and rage. This is the happiest song about homicide I've ever heard.
The lights of L.A. County stretch out as far as the eye can see, when you're flying into LAX at midnight. We landed in fog so dense the world outside the plane looked like nothing but twinkle lights (though, to be fair, that's pretty much what the night looks like to me anyway).
I'm here, anyway, and will not have time to process the culture shock before heading back on Tuesday. But I'll roll with it.