What I Never Knew

I never will forget.

John Prine (1946-2020)

My friend Doc and I used to sing this song at parties back in Nashville in the mid-80’s. We ran into John once or twice around town. We would alway comment how amazing it was to be in the same space as one of our heroes. We’re losing a lot of heroes lately.

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As We Stumble and Fall

Take care of yourself, this is your story
Your voice is shakin’ the walls, and they’re crumbling down
But what can I do ‘cept stand here watching you
My fearful eyes are paralyzed with visions of tomorrows swept away

About
Fanny, from California. In the United States. an American rock band, active in the early 1970s. They were one of the first all-female rock groups to achieve critical and commercial success, including two Billboard top 40 singles

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But Every Word I Spoke

There are those who’d like to change the way I’m living
It seems they just don’t like me the way I am
Tomorrow I may live the way they’re thinkin’
Ah, but tonight I just don’t give a damn

About
George Jones, in 1975, following his divorce from Tammy Wynette.

Thom Jurek of AllMusic calls the song “the bitterest cut Jones ever recorded.” He claims he wrote it at 3 a.m. in the aftermath of the divorce, and it comes right from the Hank Williams tradition of catharsis songs.

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And Mr. Baker Can You Tell Us Why

I wanna tell you all the story ’bout
A Harper Valley widowed wife
Who had a teenage daughter
Who attended Harper Valley Junior High

About
The Unifics, from Howard University. In Washington, DC.
If you, like me, are blown away by that drum track, it won’t surprise you that Jerome Brailey went on to play with P-Funk.

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