My Favorite Picture of You

Album: My Favorite Picture of You (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • The title track of the fourteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Guy Clark is about his longtime wife, Susanna, who passed away in 2012. The Polaroid photograph that he sings about was taken many years earlier after she stormed out of the house, angered by the antics of Clark and his friend, singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. The picture shows her fuming with arms-crossed, but also beautiful. "It was always my favorite picture of Susanna," Clark told American Songwriter magazine, "because she was so pissed at me and Townes. We were just being drunk a--holes, and she'd had enough … from the minute I saw it I said, 'Yep, that's Susanna.' She was livid. It's probably thirty years old."
  • Clark was married to songwriter and painter, Susanna Clark from 1972 through her death from cancer on June 27, 2012. You can see Clark holding the titular photograph on the album's cover art.
  • When songwriter Gordon Sampson came over to write a song with Clark, the photo was pinned to the wall above them. Clark recalled: "We were writing and he had a list of lines and titles and all that s--t that most people carry around. I was going through it and I hit on this line that said, 'My favorite picture of you.' I turned in my chair and it was right there in front of me. The lyrics just poured out because all it boiled down to was describing the picture. We might have written it in one day."
  • American folk singer-songwriter Lori McKenna recorded a tribute song to Susanna for her 2013 Massachusetts album.
  • My Picture Of You debuted at #12 on Top Country Albums, making it the highest peaking LP of Guy Clark's career.
  • This was named by American Songwriter magazine as their Best Song of 2013. They said: "Even if you don't know who Susanna Clark is — even if you didn't know that she and Guy were married for 40 years, even if you didn't know the role she played in his career, even if you didn't know how she played mother to generations of aspiring singer-songwriters — you could still be moved hearing her widower describe this artifact from their life together."

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