Most of the story is right there in the lyrics, but I should add that when this happened, my parents thought I had been in an accident or something. They had called the police and the hospitals because it just didn't make sense for me to missing like this. So that's why when they probed me for the "why?" I just said that I didn't know.
When I wrote this song, I told my siblings that i was finally going to explain Bakersfield - Haha!
After I wrote this song, I found out that the Dwight Yoakam song "Streets of Bakersfield" was written just about the same time that I was there! Wow! I guess that something was in the air.