This is a lovely but little known song about an old Dutch couple. It was written by Michael Peter Smith, and the best version, here, is by Steve Goodman. I saw him perform it around 1974 at a coffeehouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Goodman, born in 1948, was a Chicago native, a huge Cubs fan, and a semi-major figure on the 70s folk scene. He’s most famous for having written “The City of New Orleans,” a big hit for Arlo Guthrie.
Goodman died of leukemia when he was only 36. One of his last songs was “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request“.
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