It's also a moment of clarity. Lynne is observing someone else, seeing what they can't see for themselves, trying to help them kick the blues in the ass:
devil's got your shirt tail clutched in the palm of his hand
double vodka on the rocks on a plastic tray
never fails you but it won't
take the hours away
“What the hell's wrong with living without the blues?” Nothing. It seems so simple, but as Mark Lanegan sings in “Stay,” “living's not hard, it's just not easy.” This is why I keep buying CDs. I would hate for my songs to be lonely. Each of these songs – “Wall of Denial,” “Why Can't You Be?,” “I'm Only Happy When it Rains,” “Dumb,” and “Stay” – works just fine on their own, but magic happens when they talk to each other.