"I Remember Everything" is the last song John Prine recorded before his death from COVID-19 on April 7, 2020. A quintessential Prine ode to love, it finds him recalling a romance from its beginning:
The way you turned and smiled on me
On the night that we first met
To the couple's farewell:
How I miss you in the morning light
Like roses miss the dew
Prine wrote the acoustic song with longtime collaborator Pat McLaughlin. Nashville hitmaker Dave Cobb produced the track, recording it in Prine's living room with the singer accompanying himself on guitar.
Prine first shared "I Remember Everything" on Thanksgiving in 2018, when Cobb and some other friends were celebrating the holiday with the Prines. Released as a posthumous single in June 2020, it became the country-folk icon's first Billboard chart-topper when it debuted at #1 on the Rock Digital Song Sales tally.
John Prine was originally a mailman in Illinois who wrote songs as a hobby and played gigs to impress the ladies. Following his death, Prine's label asked fans to send postcards to his family, which would also help the United States Postal Service in the face of budget cuts. Directed and edited by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard, the song's lyric video weaves together the postcards with footage of a man fishing alone.
This won for Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance at the Grammy Awards in 2021. Brandi Carlile sang it at the ceremony in honor of Prine.