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Bonnie Raitt — Angel from Montgomery (w/ John Prine)
Album: Tribute to Steve Goodman
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Total ratings: 547









Released: 1989
Length: 4:36
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I am an old woman named after my mother
My old man is another child that's grown old
If dreams were lightning thunder was desire
This old house would have burnt down a long time ago

Chorus:
Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go

When I was a young girl well, I had me a cowboy
He weren't much to look at, just free rambling man
But that was a long time and no matter how I try
The years just flow by like a broken down dam.

Repeat Chorus

There's flies in the kitchen I can hear 'em there buzzing
And I ain't done nothing since I woke up today.
How the hell can a person go to work in the morning
And come home in the evening and have nothing to say.

Repeat Chorus
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 scubasteve wrote:

Bill you must play Steve Goodman, please. So much good material


Ab-so-lute-ly! So much good material that isn't City of New Orleans (which is excellent, just played a lot). Talking Backwards, Men Who Love Women (Who Love Men),  A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request to name a few.
Listenin to this towering classic I'm focused on Prine's twangy, gravely voice. Compare it to say,  Randy Newman, and the contrast is real. Prine is THE REAL DEAL. Randy Newman, heck even Bonnie Raitt, all pretenders
Could you imagine yourself walking along the street on any 'ol day, and walking past the mailman, and hearing this being worked out and sung by him while his head is stuck in a mail collection box?  

It's the little things isn't it?  Such is how history is made. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen 
Bill you must play Steve Goodman, please. So much good material
"My old man is another child that's grown old" is one of the great lines in a song.
 macadavy wrote:

True. In the spirit of Steve, as a tribute - absolutely!





"John Prine, who is sitting right over there, wrote 'Angel From Montgomery' and so many other songs that changed my life," Raitt said. Raitt told Uncut magazine that "as a young feminist, the idea that this young man could inhabit the world of a middle-aged woman in a thankless marriage really resonated with me."
 Skydog wrote:
I wonder why they did this song, it wasn't written by Goodman
 
True. In the spirit of Steve, as a tribute - absolutely!
I wonder why they did this song, it wasn't written by Goodman
Her voice contains a sweetness that is pure and clear.  It usually raises goose bumps on my arm, and this time was no exception.
Yes he might be. I tried to get his version of City of New Orleans on RP but unfortunately it was rejected.
 
bachbeet wrote:
Good song.  Steve Goodman may be underrated.
 


John Prine or Bonnie Raitt or Steve Goodman are always in my playlist somewhere. Sweet!
Masterpiece!
Simply perfect.
Good song.  Steve Goodman may be underrated.
 

Toke wrote:


What a loverly well Matured ''Cheese'' as well ..if you gonna have cheese this is the way to savour it... gets my vote.{#Angel}
 
Actually the 'cheese' remark referred to a different song than this one, and one that did not even involve Ms. Raitt or Mr. Prine.  See remarks below.  There is no cheese anywhere on this gorgeous tune.
 
Tremendously well written song.{#Clap}9
Mr. Prine, man, I first was made aware of him watching Austin City Limits away long time ago on public television... his show was great writtin word, super real voice, laughing one song and then silent sobbing to the next. 
Ms. Raitt is an angel 
 cayenne wrote:

 It is no lie. Cheesiest. Song. Ever.
 

What a loverly well Matured ''Cheese'' as well ..if you gonna have cheese this is the way to savour it... gets my vote.{#Angel}
Haven't heard either of them do this song in years. Thanks.
I've seen her perform this from 15 feet away and it brought me to tears.
 coding_to_music wrote:
Chills
 
bumps
 Steve_of_Noosa wrote:

Lovely rendition
But I still find it hard to forgive Bonnie for her collaboration with Meatloaf

 
Er,  different Bonnie (Bonnie Tyler).  The audio file linked below is mislabeled. Thankfully...
<3 Bonnie Raitt
I Heart Bonnie Raitt
 Steve_of_Noosa wrote:

Lovely rendition
But I still find it hard to forgive Bonnie for her collaboration with Meatloaf


 
 It is no lie. Cheesiest. Song. Ever.


 Steve_of_Noosa wrote:

Lovely rendition
But I still find it hard to forgive Bonnie for her collaboration with Meatloaf


 
What? When was that?

more sir. please.
This is an excellent fireside sing-along song and right here is an absolutely perfect performance rendition!  {#Notworthy}
Chills
 murraybula wrote:
Agg I missed this song. I love John Prine and haven't him yet on RP, even on a duet such as this.
 
Every once in awhile Bill plays 'Sam Stone'. My all-time fave JP tune is 'Muhlenberg County', but he has so many great songs. One of the best songwriters ever.

Hard to improve on this version -  Raitt and Prine together.
Love the contrast between Bonnie's sweet and silky voice against the gravel of Prine.
{#Notworthy}
Agg I missed this song. I love John Prine and haven't him yet on RP, even on a duet such as this.
Saw them in concert here many years ago.  Great show!  There was some guy yelling for them to do a certain song during the first part of the show.  He was "removed" at intermission.  We were all thankful for that. 
Holy smoke.
This is great
9 and pushing ten

Lovely rendition
But I still find it hard to forgive Bonnie for her collaboration with Meatloaf


Such depth. I'm not a huge Prine fan, but this one gives me the chills everytime. What a gem this is.
Love this song!!!
I love any version of this song that Bonnie does.  And she can really pick perfect vocalist to sing with her.{#Meditate}
Saw Bonnie do this live many years ago — even more amazing than the recording.
fredriley wrote:
Sorry, yer man singing "when ah woz a young girl" in that voice was too much for this listener.
I felt the same way when Shakespeare gave voice to Juliet.

I had a friend a while back who sang a very nice version of this song.  She's the one that first helped rescue my musical tastes from complete disaster (a bit later, the other was of course our illustrious DJ).

Among many other lyrical gems in this song, my favorite is:

If dreams were lightning, thunder was desire
This old house would have burnt down a long time ago
Fred, give him another chance.  He's one of the best songwriters America has to offer.  His first (self-titled) album is a great start - if you don't like that one, I'll let you give up on John Prine.
Awesome. Breathtaking. Beautiful.  Bonnie Raitt and John Prine together are magical...{#Sunny}
Sorry, yer man singing "when ah woz a young girl" in that voice was too much for this listener.
Just a beautiful song! I was just listening to this particular version (there are literally hundreds of versions{#Lol}) the other day!{#Cheers}
Just gorgeous.
thanks Bill ~ love ya
 ch83575 wrote:
this is as good as it gets.
 
Yes.  Exactly.
this is as good as it gets.
Painfully beautiful...
BEAUTIFUL!
One man's snooze is another man's joy - no harm in that.  Steve Goodman's work was done too soon.  I've followed John Prine since high school, many decades ago.

another folky snooze
I have always loved this version with the two of them together.


oh yeah she can SING, Joey!!! Dang!

9

Mr. Prine is ALWAYS a kick in the pants.!  Oh YEAH!!!  

(He wrote it?! WOW!) 
This is music.
I have this on a Nancy Griffith CD, "Other Voices, Other Rooms" I think.

I love hearing this song almost as much as I like singing it.  {#Meditate}

Thanks so much for playing that.  This song is a treasure sung by the two of them.
Susan Tedeschi does THE cover of this song - just beautiful.  


John Prine and Bonnie Raitt - Angel from Montgomery    ==>    Wilco - Sky Blue Sky   ==>     The Band - The Weight (With The Staples)    ==>    Joan Armatrading - Baby Blue Eyes    ==>    Oi Va Voi - I Know What You Are    ==>     Butch Baldassari Trio - As Far As I Can See    ==>    Outback - An Dro Nevez

!Magnificent!



Saw Prine perform it with Emmy lou Harris; but hard to match Bonnie's raspy and soulful rendition. Incredible song.
This is one of THE Great Songs!! Thanks Bill!

Here are the lyrics

I am an old woman named after my mother
My old man is another child thats grown old
If dreams were lightning thunder was desire
This old house would have burnt down a long time ago

Chorus:
Make me an angel that flies from montgomry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go

When I was a young girl well, I had me a cowboy
He werent much to look at, just free rambling man
But that was a long time and no matter how I try
The years just flow by like a broken down dam.

Repeat chorus:

Theres flies in the kitchen I can hear em there buzzing
And I aint done nothing since I woke up today.
How the hell can a person go to work in the morning
And come home in the evening and have nothing to say.
This song gives me goosebumps.{#Music}
A great songwriter, Prine with Bonnie in tribute to the great Steve Goodman another musician that we lost way to early whos most famous song I guess was City of New Orleans recorded by Arlo Guthrie also  wrote You Don't Even Call Me by My Name recorded by David Alan Coe and  was a guitar player of amazing talents.
Bonnie's songs are all the same: boring.
Bonnie sang this at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival a couple of years ago. Beautiful setting, her voice echoing off the box canyon, an unbelievable sky and my girl at my side. Unforgettable evening.
Painted_Turtle wrote:
I heard that Steve Goodman may have also contributed to writing the song. I do know he and John Prine were hanging out in Chicago bars together at the time. I believe this album won a Grammy
No way. John Prine, in a BAR? Hard to imagine. Kidding of course. I suspect you're right. I grew up in Montgomery, so this song is dear. Although, as far as I'm concerned, Monkey-town is a good place to be FROM. c.
cc_rider wrote:
I don't need to listen to the whole thing to rate this a solid 8. Mr. Prine wrote it, and Ms. Raitt probably sings it best: tough to beat that combo! c.
I heard that Steve Goodman may have also contributed to writing the song. I do know he and John Prine were hanging out in Chicago bars together at the time. I believe this album won a Grammy
'Tribute to Steve Goodman' is an outstanding album with a galaxy of star musicians. Hope you'll play more from this one...
I'm sure people will point out that John Prine stumbles a bit in this one--but he's due!!! Besides, Bonnie brings it all back so wonderfully!!! :) I love this song and this version--as much character as any song out there.
I love this song! Bonnie does the best cover ever of this. Great to hear her and the songwriter together.
Painted_Turtle wrote:
at last, something we agree on :good-vibes:
Music. The Universal Uniter. :high-five: :sunny:
I loved that! Great song.
Mugro wrote:
Beautiful song.
at last, something we agree on :good-vibes:
I don't need to listen to the whole thing to rate this a solid 8. Mr. Prine wrote it, and Ms. Raitt probably sings it best: tough to beat that combo! c.
I like Raitt, but this song stands out above the rest of her collection. 9.
I have always loved this song! especially this version.
Thank you
Can't get much better than this!
Beautiful song.