The debate still rages however as to the meaning of this song.
Is it a lament about a man who makes a living running a bar off the limited fame he garnered through being a very minor character (Cooter the mechanic) in the Dukes of Hazzard an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985.
Or is it about the customers who find the association with such fame such a compelling proposition that thir patronage allows him to make a commercially succesful living running this establishment ....?
Cooter Davenport (Ben Jones) was the Hazzard County mechanic, also known as "Crazy" Cooter. In the very early episodes, he was a wild man, often breaking the law (stealing the Sheriff's patrol car in "One Armed Bandits", reportedly wrecking Luke's car prior to the same episode, running moonshine for Boss Hogg in "Mary Kaye's Baby", and 'borrowing' the President's Limousine for a joy-ride in "Limo One Is Missing"). By the end of the first season, he had settled down and become an easy going good ol' boy. He owned "Cooter's Garage" in Hazzard County Square, directly across from the Sheriff Department. Cooter was an "Honorary Duke", as he shared the same values and often assisted the Dukes in escaping Rosco's clutches, or helped them to foil Boss Hogg's schemes. During the second season, Ben Jones left the series for a few episodes due to a dispute over whether the character should be shaven or have a beard. In his absence, Cooter's place was filled by several of Cooter's supposed cousins who were never mentioned before or since. Jones returned when the dispute was solved—Cooter would be clean shaven. Cooter drove a variety of trucks, including Fords, Chevys, & GMCs.
CB Callsign: "Crazy Cooter."
Often started his CB transmissions with "Breaker 1, Breaker 1, I might be crazy but I ain't dumb... Craaaazy Cooter comin' atcha, y'all got yer ears on? Come back!"