Before I started this blog, I posted about songs from old AT40s on Facebook, January-July 2017. I’ll be moving them here over time. This entry has been edited slightly from the original.
This was my favorite song over the first three months of 1980, and maybe for the whole year. It’s a genius piece of songcraft: the lyrics are pure poetry, the chorus is instantly memorable, and, as a bonus, it’s such a happy piece. Steve Forbert hailed from Mississippi and seems to still be recording every now and again. This was his only notable hit (#16 here, on its way to #11), though he did catch some attention in the late 80s with the very nice Streets of This Town.