Old Crow Medicine Show sing and play their old-timey string instruments like they're from the Depression era, but their lyrics often suggest otherwise. Case in point: In 'Alabama High-Test,' the Nashville six-piece hoots about a drug dealer caught in pursuit while under the influence of 'Bama bud. "When you stop at a truck stop in Bowling Green at 4 a.m.," fiddle player Ketch Secor said, "you’re going to meet half the people on this record standing in line in front of you. If you don’t see them, you’ve got your eyes shut."
“Like on 'Youth Knows No Pain' — we are the ones that should demonstrate, because we can take it,” Likke Li said. “We can pierce ourselves, take Ecstasy, dance all night and still go to work at our McDonald's jobs.” Despite the hedonistic sentiment in the song, the Swedish singer also admitted in hindsight her youth had repercussions. “I remember when I was 18-19 and feeling that I know it all,” Li said. “I always feel that I know it all. But that song is about realizing you don’t, and reflecting, ‘Boy, if I only knew what would follow.’”