Dean Martin sang of being in some city where he was broke, wet, hungry, and unknown. He sang of going back to Houston, but what city was he in? Was it a real city where he had been? I can't find anything on the historical background of this song.
I know he didn't write the song, but sometimes songs can still be personal, as with Papa was a Rolling Stone by the Temptations...Dennis Edward's real father apparently did pass away on the 3rd of September.