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The perfect country song

Posted by Richard on October 27, 2010

I hadn't heard this in years until I stumbled across it tonight: the perfect performance, by David Allan Coe, of the perfect country song, by the late great Steve Goodman and John Prine. Grab a beer and enjoy "You Never Even Called Me by My Name"!

[YouTube link]

Wait … you say you'd rather hear it sung by the guy who wrote it? OK … here's a very different live version by Steve Goodman.

[YouTube link]

What about John Prine, you say? OK, if you really want to heard a third version of the same song, there's a John Prine rendition on YouTube (sound is a bit muddy) in which he tells how the song came to be. And offers yet another version of the last verse.

But for something a bit different, here's a YouTube video that begins with Steve and John together doing a wonderful rendition of the hauntingly beautiful "Souvenirs."

[YouTube link]

Steve Goodman, whom I consider one of the finest singer-songwriters ever to walk the earth, died of leukemia at the too-young age of 36 in 1984, leaving this world a much poorer place. As if his passing weren't sad enough, the man who wrote and performed "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request" died four days before the Cubs won the National League Eastern Division title, sending them to the playoffs for the first time since 1945. 

John Prine survived his own bout with cancer (in 1998), and is still performing. 

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