A song about the hardships and difficulties that small towns can go through. I was living in Landmark, MB where there is pretty much just a feed mill and a Co-op in town. At that time, a major window manufacturer laid off almost 50% of its staff. Beef and Hog prices were in the tank as well. Kind of building on the "Mayberry" idea of a small town and old men playing checkers, the character in the song is saying "if these old men are still around, the simple life is what I am looking for".