The pairing proved so successful that Owens went on tour as Yoakam's special guest, where he received a regal welcome from a generation of fans who knew him only as a legend, while reinforcing a passing-of-the-torch claim to Yoakam's honky-tonk ascendance.
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Owens, who was probably best known at the time for starring on Hee-Haw despite being one of the most successful country artists of the 1960s, was semi-retired until Yoakam cajoled him into recording the song as a duet.
The narrator, while crying, holds the man and sings '' to comfort him as he dies.
Nowadays, I sort of wonder what I was defending, because I defended that town right up to the time I left.