The song is performed by the put-upon waitress at the local diner (played in the film by Lois Nettleton), who has a sort of distant crush on the sheriff, but knows he's hardly aware she exists, other than a good sort who serves coffee. And it's sort of the way everyone looks at her.
I thought it would be nice to post a video of the song to put it in more of a context.
This is a very good performance from the 2001 National Tour, with Roxie Lucas in the role. The camera is a bit shaky, and there's a small glitch, but well worthwhile.
The lead-in to the song is the guys in the diner talking about the trouble Miss Mona is in with her whorehouse under scrutiny. Doatsy Mae comments how she'd trade places with her, getting to lie on her back, rather than have to stand on her feet all day. A patron jokes that that's probably nothing she'll ever have to worry about, and all the other men laugh.
Which leads into this. (You have to click on a link in the video to take you to it on YouTube.) --