This past Sunday, folk troubadour Todd Snider honored the late John Prine with a cover of “Crooked Piece of Time”. The rendition of the Bruised Orange track came from Snider’s new livestream series, The First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder with Todd Snider.
The past month has seen Snider tasked with the difficult duty of honoring more of his songwriting idols, from his full-show tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker back in October, to his cover of “Live Forever” following the death of Billy Joe Shaver. As is the case with many, 2020 has been a tough year for Snider, one that has seen him bid farewell to more than his share of heroes.
Like many of his covers, this rendition of “Crooked Piece of Time” sees Snider translate the song to a grand piano. As a result of this instrumental audible, the song takes on a more solemn—yet calming—aura. Following an intro that sounds vaguely like The Beatles, Snider jumps straight to the titular refrain, with the everlasting and ever-relevant lyrics, “It’s a crooked piece of time that we live in.” Though the verses appear in a jumbled order, the song retains the same depth of meaning that it held over four decades ago, with Snider keeping the musical traditions alive in the modern age.
Watch Todd Snider cover John Prine’s “Crooked Piece of Time” during his livestream performance this past weekend below.
Todd Snider – “Crooked Piece of Time” (John Prine Cover)
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