Good info, thanks.I agree. It reminds me a lot of Cowboys and Indians.
I once asked Mike Barone about this on Facebook, and this is what he said:
That tune was written for a commercial and a few years later I submitted it to him with others. I got to know him thru Bob Edmondson. They went to school together.Bob and I recorded that with him at that time but he never released it. Big money lost on my part. I should have bugged him.--Not my style. Then 40 years later he called me and asked me about it and released it and changed the title. I made his first band rehearsal and told him I couldn't do it. Always laughed about that. I also worked with him in studio recordings at A&M quite a few times. He's a good guy.