...Ok c&e...back to Rebel Soul. Now, you were talking about Prodigal Son, and Kid having more to say, but being influenced by others, mostly his country music friends. First let me say, that I think it's ok that we all have different opinions in music, and what we like, and what we don't like, and it's ok that you're not feeling this album, but I was just trying to get a feel for the--why not?? Anyway, as for my opinion, I think Kid Rock welcomes suggestions from his friends on his music, but I don't think he's dancing to anybodys tune... except his own. I also think it's like he said in that "if you feel it, it's real" and if you don't hear it (the lyrics) you can't feel it. Now, let's look at Chickens in The Pen for instance, since you mentioned Prodigal Son. I think it's some of the same lyrics, though worded differently, and with different music, but some of the same meaning...though not completely alike, and just my opinion. I think when he's talking about chickens in the pen, and the mule, he's speaking about his bad ass out there on the road, and the chickens are the groupies, and the pretty one on top, is the one he sometimes take to the dew drop inn, la la la, but the clock tickin' on the cock was also him, when after all that time, he still couldn't find love, and just people with no self respect, selling themselves short, just to be, or get something from him, and they just rock all night, until they do it again, everynight on the road. Yeah, yeah, I'm a little crazy, but it's my take on the song. And I could go on and on with my take on the whole album, but I won't. I will say, though I like Cocaine & Gin, I'm surprised it wasn't named Cocaine & Jim...and also, The Mirror is my favorite, and really, really deep into the soul of ones self.