"Muchacho" as written by and Matthew Followill Ivan Nathan Followill....
My riding partner used to work for a living
He take the backseat of all that he was given
He let you rise and take the fall
He was my favorite friend of all

My old muchacho
Love to dress for each occasion
Without that rocket shell taking me in the right direction
Those crooked eyes that knew it all
Was my favorite friend of all
He was my favorite friend of all

He's wearing jean on jean
Cut him some slack, Fox
Pressed to the corner of the scene
Just here to take stock
He'll take the chain
He'll take the ball
He was my favorite friend of all
He was my favorite friend of all

Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher

"Muchacho" as written by Matthew Followill Ivan Nathan Followill

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  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is about appreciating what you've got, and dealing with loss.

    Seems like he's got a really solid friend. One that regularly gives up his own comfort in order to make his 'riding partner' happy.

    Muchacho is a spanish term referring to a young man, often a servent or companion.

    The tone of this song makes it a little more interesting. The down-tempo style and the major seventh harmonies put a sense of stress or possibly even regret in the song. Maybe the protagonist didn't appreciate his Muchacho as much as he should have. Maybe he passed away. It's a little vague, and I like that.
    whippdogon January 30, 2017   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationDespite it being about something else, this song helped me through one of the hardest times in my life. As I heard the lyrics I felt so connected to every line, from the first line up to "he was my favourite friend of all" I interpreted as if they were personifying a drug addiction and calling the drug his right hand partner that "takes the chain and takes the ball" (ball and chain perhaps being the hardships and heaviness of life). The drug is always perched in the corner of the scene just there to take stock and lift the burdens of the monotonous aspects of life. Even the way they describe this man, dressed in Jean on Jean like an old, wise southerner... A knowing old man who has been around for what seems like millenia, much like the concept of addiction and the need for escapism. He dresses for each occasion, he's always there lingering and ready almost always over your shoulder. As an addict would believe, he always takes them in the right direction because as addicts, we suffer Stockholm syndrome and defend our captor (cut him some slack, fox). I read quite deep into it but It really resonated with me as I was suffering the withdrawals of my heavy addiction (sober now). Regardless, this is the beauty of a great piece of art, the listener can interpret it in ways unique to their experiences in life. I love KOL.
    Mohsenjad26on November 24, 2019   Link

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