Track of the Day: 'Angel From Montgomery' by Bonnie Raitt

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Imogen, a reader from Down Under, writes:

I’d love to nominate “Angel From Montgomery”—written by John Prine and best performed (in my opinion) by Prine and Bonnie Raitt as a duet [here—and a solo version with Raitt is above]. The lyrics are beautiful in their simplicity. It’s a song about what could have been, about opportunities missed and dreams long lost. But for me (a young woman and Australian, living as far away from Montgomery as I could possibly be) the lyrics never fail to inspire, to make me consider my own dreams and think about what my life might look like when I’m as old as the “old woman” Raitt and Prine sing about. The tone and cracks in the voices of both also make for spine-tingling listening.

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