Everyone’s favorite critic Robert Christgau (LOL) wrote in his review that “Although Lola was an astounding single, the only thing astounding about this album is it’s relentless self-pity”. Well!! You do know rock singers are people too, Bob. Ray was clearly distraught in the midst of his court battle with Robert, Grenville and Larry. Meanwhile… This is a beautiful song on its own terms, regardless of autobiographical seeds, or anyone begrudging Ray a comparison between himself and someone faced with the dole… I love this album.