1986: This song started life as "The Steel Blues", about despair and poverty in Pittsburgh after the steel mills closed in the face of foreign competition. I quickly realized that this was a bit pretentious coming from someone who had only lived in Pittsburgh for about a year in the 1980's. I then changed the topic to something of which I had far more firsthand knowledge. Much later, I re-wrote the last verse based on an inspiration from my stepkids. (They once claimed I was the title character in the nursery rhyme "The Muffin Man" because of my insatiable appetite for bread and other grain-based foodstuffs).
Synopsis: Traditional 12-bar blues praising baked goods.