I don't know if it's the greatest, but this song is pretty great. It's one of those that was imprinted on my brain when I was growing up, and now it just pops up once in a while (especially the last verse).
Bill said, "It is still found in many juke boxes today!"
I guess it's got the elements to make it the perfect country song, along with all the other somebody done me wrong songs. haha.Wow, you're getting close to the finish line. Thanks for the music.Smiles and hugs, Julia
Bill said, "It is a fun song! I have heard many sing along with it at the bar I where I play music!"
Nice choice, but I wouldn't say it was the best country song ever. Not sure what I would pick, probably something by Garth Brooks or Brad Paisley.
Bill said, "While the elements referred to in this song are prerequisite for a good country song, it was not the perfect country song. Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley are good contemporary stars, but it hard to know how they will measure up over time. To find the perfect country song, I would have to search songs by Hank Williams, Sr, George Jones, or Merle Haggard. They set the standard for greatness in country music and song writing. "
Steve Goodman used to sing this at his concerts, and he would tell about sending it to DAC from his perspective. I think Hoyt Axton had a hand in writing this, too, but don't quote me on that. Regardless of whether it's the perfect country song, it's a darn good one.
Bill said, "News flash...I don't know about Hoyt Axton, but I just found out that John Prine may have had a hand in writing this song, though he will not admit it. I guess we'll never know."
Wouldn't surprise me. John spent a number of years as part of the Chicago folk scene and he and Steve were very close. On Steve's last album (Affordable Art), they do a beautiful version of John's "Souvenirs." Jethro Burns (Homer & Jethro) was a guest on that album, too.
It's a goodie and best is in the ear of the beholder!
Bill said, "I agree on both counts."
guyz....knot noe inn two much bout countree we canna answer thiz one ~~~~~~ when dad listenz two a song...whatz de furst thing him "hears".....wordz...ore guitar !! ☺☺♥♥
Bill said, "Usually the guitar gets my attention. Then, if it keeps my attention, I will listen to the words."
The idea of there being one "best" song in any genre just doesn't seem right to me. There are too many greats, and too much difference in taste between listeners. If there could be such a thing, this would be a contender.
Bill said, "Mimi, I agree with you, entirely. You really cannot determine this."