Steve Goodman - It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.

I’ll reblog you reblogging me in a previous life because first, it’s a brilliant song by the late great Chicago boy Steve Goodman and secondly because it resonates with Buck2pointzero.

When I was in high school my boyfriend and I made plans to go see Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc, and John Prine at a club called The Earl of Old Town for Chicago Singers and Songwriters month. I was 17 and too young to get in but my boyfriend was 19 and had some fake IDs. Usually if the guy could get in the girl was a given. I told my mother we were going to Grant Park and she told me no way was I to go into Chicago. I agreed not to go and went anyway. We got in fine and had a terrific time. The music was good. Folk music was the rage at the time. At the end they started pulling people up on stage to sing City of New Orleans and I was one of them. It was so much fun bumping elbows with my musical heroes. Truly a night to remember.

The next evening I was sitting in the living room with my mom and she told me to go change the channel to the local news. I complied because I was a good kid who listened to her mother. I was walking back to sit down and I hear the strains of City of New Orleans behind me. Oh shit!

She grabbed my pony tail and lifted my feet right off the floor. I didn’t go anywhere else for a month.