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  •  I truncated the story a bit... (none)
    ...and perhaps a bit misleadingly.  The story, supposedly, is that Steve Goodman wrote "You Never Call Me By My Name" and sent it to Coe with the comment that it was "the perfect country song".  Coe commented that it couldn't be, because it didn't mention mama, or prison, or pick-ups, or rain, or gettin' drunk.  So Goodman added the last verse (which I quoted), thus making it the perfect country song.  Songwriting credit is shared, so I'm presuming the story is part of the collaborative songwriting process.

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