Top Ten John Prine Songs: Souvenirs (#2)
By Four Walls
May 22, 2016 9:10pm CST
Way back (a week or so ago ) when I started these two simultaneous top ten lists I mentioned that John Prine and Steve Goodman were inseparable, as far as a career goes. If you look at the top three song on my John Prine list you're going to see Steve Goodman all over them. He produced yesterday's entry. #2: Souvenirs As for this song, he's so intertwined with it that, to this day, Prine dedicates it to Steve's memory every time he sings it. Steve even recorded this himself (on Affordable Art, where Prine joined him and sang alternating verses). But this great song of Prine's, in its original recording, featured just John and Steve. And talk about lyrics! "Broken hearts and dirty windows make life difficult to see, that's why last night and this morning always look the same to me." You just can't top that. It's one of my all-time favorite Prine and Goodman songs (I omitted it from the Goodman list because I included it here, but Steve's version is just as amazing). This is a song that simply is not to be missed. Souvenirs Written by John Prine From Diamonds in the Rough, 1972 One of Prine's all-time greatest songs, performed live by the two friends:
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• Los Angeles, California
23 May 16
You speak of Prine and Goodman being close. I have been trying to recall if Goodman played in LA. He must have and I just didn't know who he was. Prine performed all the time and I saw him at the Troub back in the day.