John Prine’s record label Old Boy Records has released “I Remember Everything,” the last recorded song by the late country-folk legend, who passed away earlier this year.
“I Remember Everything” was a song the music icon had recorded for what would have been a new album—the follow-up to his lauded 2018 record, The Tree of Forgiveness. On the pensive ballad, co-written by Prine and his longtime collaborator Pat McLaughlin, the Americana icon reflects on his life and all the indelible memories made.
“I’ve been down this road before / Alone as I can be / Careful not to let my past / Go sneaking up on me / Got no future in my happiness / Though regrets are very few / Sometimes a little tenderness / Was the best that I could do,” Prine wistfully recalls in a verse.
Instead of adopting an instrument-heavy production for “I Remember Everything,” producer Dave Cobb chose to strip it down to an acoustic guitar to let the lyrics and Prine’s emotional delivery come to the forefront. A studio version of the song was released, as well as a video of Prine performing the song at home.
Prine, a two-time cancer survivor, died in April of complications from COVID-19. Last week, some of music’s biggest names came together to be a part of Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine, a two-hour livestream tribute show to the late singer.
Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price and others performed some of Prine’s classics and shared memories of the legend and his influence on them. The event concluded with Bonnie Raitt’s heartfelt rendition of Prine’s classic song, “Angel from Montgomery.”
Watch Prine perform “I Remember Everything” here: