I really enjoy Mark Knofler - I think his work is amazing. R and I listen to him often - he is a regular in our CD changer. A while back, he and Emmy Lou Harris did a CD called All The Road Running. One cut is Donkey Town. Here's a clip:
Donkey Town is a state of mind as well as a place - no place anyone would want to be. It's a run-down but not trashy trailer park on a dirt road near a busy highway and next to a junk yard. Nearby is a factory belching smoke and god-know-what-else.
They're not his parents, but people He feels responsible for. An uncle perhaps, or one-time neighbor-turned-parent.
Jim is a vet - maybe from Korea, maybe from Viet Nam. War injury. Ornery as all hell. Smokes Lucky non-filters. Wears old baggy pants held up by ratty suspenders and a dirty sleeveless undershirt - you know the kind. Not that She won't do laundry, he won't change his clothes. Says "Go away woman, leave me be."
She's a bit younger, you know the type - kinda skinny with a belly, legs are gone. Brassy blond hair, blue eye-shadow, shorts and a blouse. You can still see she was pretty once upon a time. Smokes Eves or something generic. Voice husky from all the years of it.
They're where they are because, well, because they are... They think there are no other options and perhaps there aren't. It's a dead end, the end of the road, they're stuck, just waitin' out their time.