Every few years an epic song comes along which gets people thinking or makes them feel nostalgic about something in their lives. In the past there has been songs like Don McLean's, "American Pie" and "Vincent", Harry Chapin's, "Cats in the Cradle", Shel Silverstein's, " Rosalee's Good Eats Cafe" and Steve Goodman's "My Old Man". More recently there are songs like the Decemberists, "Mariner's Revenge".
These songs are pieces of lyrical art and I can imagine the writers shaking and shivering after the entire first play through realizing fully that they have just written a song of a life time.
I just found another of these songs by the Avett Brothers called the Ballad of Love and Hate. Here is the song with lyrics.