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This was originally included on Newman's 1995 all-star updated musical version of Faust, which was sung by Bonnie Raitt on the album. It was a surprise that he closed Harps and Angels with his own version of this tune as in 2000 Newman had said that this song "doesn't interest me lyrically at all." He admitted to Mojo magazine September 2008: "I shouldn't say things like that. People say they played it at their wedding; I hear more from strangers about that song than anything else I've written. People think, 'I love that song - he must think people like me are stupid.' Believe me, I don't condescend to an audience or think it's stupid ever. But I try and tell the truth, and there isn't anything in (that song) that is particularly distinctive to me. But it wouldn't surprise me if it was the most popular song on the record - that's what people like. I included it because I wanted to get my version down, and maybe it's the best version of the song out of (Linda) Ronstadt and Dolly Parton and the Canadian artist Chantal Kreviazuk. If you write a song you think people will like, you'll do it!"
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