Originally Posted by HFWR
I bet Steve Goodman could have done it...
I'm a huge Steve Goodman fan, probably saw him a dozen times in small clubs around Chicago back in the day, can't believe I didn't think of that!
For those who didn't get the joke, it's a reference to the song written by John Prine and Steve Goodman, later recorded by David Allan Coe :
You Never Even Called Me by My Name - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The song is most notable for its satirical final verse, preceded by a recitation in which Coe explains that "a friend of mine named Steve Goodman" wrote the song and considered it "the perfect country and western song." However, Coe told him that it was not the perfect country song because it "hadn't said anything at all about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or getting drunk."
Goodman then proceeded to add the final verse, incorporating all five of Coe's requirements but completely unrelated to the rest of the song (the first line of the verse, for instance, is "I was drunk, the day my Ma got out of prison"), whereupon Coe agreed that now it was "the perfect country-and-western song."
The full added verse:
Well, I was drunk the day my Mom got outta prison.
And I went 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 old train.
Live, Goodman would improvise on that verse (he improvised on everything
!) - I seem to remember 'dogs' being added to the verse, as that's another country cliche theme.
Here's a link with a Goodman (appropriately silly) improv, including dogs and farms:
The Perfect Country Song | The Real Mr. Heartache
Another funny thing, John Prine was too embarrassed by the silly added verse so he declined song writing credit and lost out on the considerable royalties from the Coe version which was a mild 'hit'. But Goodman and Prine were good friends, and Goodman bought Prine a mint condition collectible old Wurlitzer jukebox as a gift.
Now, back to wedding plans....