Take be back to where I'm from / where the air is thick as tobacco gum.You just can't make that particular observation if you don't know the place. Unless you've actually breathed that air. I think place is an important and under-appreciated aspect of every kind of art, not least songwriting.
So take a little journey to Rockingham, "right there on the river Dan."
It's Rockingham, North Carolina, by the way. Barham is a fine songwriter and lead-guy for the band American Aquarium.