Love Ballad for the Social Distancing Age

Top video is not video (just a picture of the late, great, much-missed Mr. Goodman when he was young, hirsute, and a tad chunky). I heard Steve’s version of this before I ever heard Prine’s.

Second video is the song’s writer John Prine, live. According to this article, if I read aright, this performance was in the Autumn of 2019. He got old, voice not what it was.

So, I’ve included a third not-video of John Prine, with the distinctive voice I remember. If you’re not tired of the song by then.

Steve Goodman — Donald And Lydia
Apr 29, 2015 – 4:51

Producer: Kris Kristofferson
Producer: Norbert Putnam
Composer, Lyricist: Prine

John Prine — Donald and Lydia
William E. Wallace – Sep 19, 2019 – 4:48
John Prine performs “Donald and Lydia” with the Denver Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, Denver, Colorado

John Prine — Donald & Lydia
ILLCROOK – Sep 3, 2010 – 4:28

John Prine, Red Rocks, 303 Magazine, Mariah Hansen


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