The point here is that yesterday I mentioned that the video I'd posted of Prine talking about working with Johnny Cash had odd snippets of a totally different song he did with Iris DeMent, that he'd written for a movie he was in. So, it only made sense to post that song in full.
The song is "In Spite of Ourselves," which he wrote for the film, Daddy and Them, that was written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton. And as I mentioned, Prine was wonderfully cast as Billy Bob's brother, with Andy Griffith and their dad. I found the movie just okay, though it has some excellent things in it -- including, happily, John Prine who is terrific and has one particularly great scene, wandering around the house where the dysfunctional family has reunited, breaking into rooms and compromising situations to quietly, offhandedly tell each person how they don't understand how much others they're arguing with love and care for them...)
If you didn't see the video I posted yesterday of Prine on the Sessions from West 54th broadcast, it actually starts right after he and Iris DeMent sang the duet, and he tells a story about sending her the song. He says he explained that some of the lyrics might be "questionable" -- and that when he finally spoke to her about it, he let her know that he'd written the song with her in mind. To which she replied, "You probably couldn't get anybody else."
By the way, if you're a fan of Iris DeMent -- or of the series, Northern Exposure" (or remember the article I wrote about the series finale here...), the show ended its run with a gorgeous, tender, heart-wrenching, lovely montage of the characters at night, as the song "Our Town" played over. That song was written and performed by Iris DeMent.
And here she and John Prine are in spite of themselves...