The perfect country and western song

Just before singing the last verse, David Allan Coe explains why You never even call me by my name, written by Steve Goodman, is the perfect country and western song.


  1. Al Dente says

    I was drunk the day my mama got out of prison
    And I went out to pick her up in the rain
    But before I could get to the station in my pickup truck
    She got runned over by a damned ol’ train

  2. TGAP Dad says

    I made the mistake of thinking it was a spoof and listened. I could practically FEEL the neurons leaving my brain (or perhaps going on strike in protest). This comes close to my reaction to this (and most other) country song:

  3. estraven says

    This song is a hoot. Steve Goodman had such a great sense of humor–I wish he’d have lived longer. His song about the dying Cubs fan’s last request is classic. Oh, and who can forget the Lincoln Park Pirates??

    Also, I used to hate country music, but then I got to liking some crossover country/folk stuff (Lucinda Williams, for example), and then pretty soon I liked some so-called Outlaw Country. I’ve even seen Willie Nelson in concert. Lately I’ve been listening to the Pistol Annies . . . Well, you just never know where life will take you.

  4. Chiroptera says

    By the way, despite my snark above, I don’t dislike country music all that much; it’s just not my thing.

    In my old age, I’ve decided that hating other people’s music is something that should be left to the kids.

  5. Trebuchet says

    Steve Goodman also wrote the great “City of New Orleans”. He died much too young. Leukemia sucks.

  6. Mano Singham says


    Really? He wrote that song? It is one of my favorites, especially the Arlo Guthrie version.

  7. estraven says

    Yes, he convinced Arlo Guthrie to listen to his song at a bar, and then Arlo ended up recording it. Arlo said, Buy me a beer and sing it to me, and we’ll see (or so the legend goes).

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