I have listened to this song a million times in my life and hope to listen to it a million more.
My ex, the Pyg, in addition to being an asshole, was a guitar-playing, tenor-singing musician. I sat in on countless hours of him rehearsing the song with Ted Thomas, including the discussions of pauses, lyrics, key, etc. I know this song forward and backward.
But I only just learned that Lowell George wrote and performed it.
May the universe accept his energy.