Well, Stanley McChrystal didn’t actually make the cover of Rolling Stone this week, surrendering that high honor to one Lady Gaga. But back in 1972, when this song hit the charts, McChrystal was 18 and by all accounts a party animal. So I’d say that the odds are pretty good that at one point or another, he had roared out its familiar refrain.
Little did he know the twists that life would take.
The song — a classic of the genre mocking the rock-star life — was written by the amazingly versatile Shel Silverstein, who also wrote this and this and this as well as classic children’s books such as this and this (one of my own kids’ favorites.)
And no, there’s nothing political in the title of that last one.