Pure Prairie League – Amie

This is a great country – rock song and its acoustic feel is great. The song peaked at #27 in the Billboard 100 and #40 in Canada in 1975.

This is an article from the Tennessean about Amie… written by Dave Paulson in 2016

“Amie, what you want to do? I think I could stay with you for a while, maybe longer if I do.”

“Aime” certainly has stuck around. The Pure Prairie League song — recorded in 1972 — took three years to turn into a hit, but has since endured for decades. The band’s Craig Fuller told the story of “Aime” to Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Let’s take it back. Pure Prairie League is a band out of Ohio. You’ve done it the hard way; you’ve played the clubs, been on the road for years. In 1971 you finally attract the attention of RCA.

CF: RCA New York. They came to see us play a festival in Cleveland. … I think they brought the (A&R) fellow back with the power to sign. Then we played on the front porch of our house and they said, “Oh, that’s good, let’s do that.”

So you recorded the album “Bustin’ Out.” In terms of musicianship, it’s still one of my favorite records ever. It still actually sells CDs. And RCA signed you, but then they drop you. But “Amie” gets some airplay on country stations and airplay on pop stations and college stations and AOR stations. … So in 1975 they re-sign the band and put the single out.

CF: Well, when we recorded it in that mecca of country music Toronto, Canada, it was longer, and I think they edited it for radio and got it shorter. I guess you’re right. It kept bubbling there along and they decided to give it another shot promotion-wise.

Who is Amie?

CF: Just a song I wrote. Just an exercise in song craftsmanship.

Boy, people really dissect that song — about what it’s about. I’ll give you my take on it: The guy may have waited too long. You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.

CF: That’s just as fair as my take on it, because all I was doing was stringing words and music together.

There’s some genius to it. You fell into one, Craig, I’m telling you.

CF: I think the track on that song had a lot to do with it. We were up there luxuriating (with) a large budget for back then. We were in Toronto all summer right across from Maple Leaf Gardens. It took us all summer to record that record. It wasn’t even mixed yet and at that time Gordon Lightfoot came in. We had the whole (studio) blocked out in the days and Gordon Lightfoot would come in and record in the evening. He did a record in two weeks. Stompin’ Tom Connors, who was a guy from Canada, country kind of guy, he did a record in two nights. So we were just up there having a good time.

So tell me about the resilience of that song. Through the decades you’ve played it around the world. That’s one that everybody recognizes. So the lead singer of Evanescence, Amy Lee, apparently was named after that song, even though she spells it with a Y. I told you we were just in D.C. lobbying for songwriters two or three weeks ago and ran into another Amie that allegedly was named after that song. You’ve got to hear that a lot.

CF: I’ve had mothers come up and say, “I named my daughter Amie — and she named her daughter Amie.”

Wow. That means it’s been a while, right?

CF: Exactly. That was the joke.

So one last question, Craig. In your mind’s eye, did you get back with Amie?

CF: Amie is just a song so I get along with Amie really well.

Yeah, but did you get back with her? Have you ever thought about that?

CF: Does the character?

Yeah, does the character get back with her? Do they end up happily ever after or is it a hard lesson learned for him for the rest of his life?

CF: I suppose the protagonist of the song is just laying it out and then it’s up to her.

I love that version. 

Amie

I can see why you think you belong to me,
I never tried to make you think,
Or let you see one thing for yourself,
And now you’re off with someone else and I’m alone,
You see I thought I might keep you for my own.

Amie, what you wanna do?
I think I could stay with you,
For a while maybe longer if I do.

Don’t you think the time is right for us to find,
That all the things we thought weren’t proper could be right in time,
Can’t you see which way we should turn together or alone,
I can never see what’s right or what is wrong,
‘Cause that take too long to see now.

Amie, what you wanna do?
I think I could stay with you,
For a while maybe longer if I do.

Come on now,
Amie, what you wanna do?
I think I could stay with you,
For a while maybe longer if I do.

Now it’s come to what you want, you’ve had your way,
And all the things you thought before just faded into gray,
And can you see that I don’t know if it’s you or it’s me,
But if it’s one of us I’m sure we both will see, yeah,
Won’t you look at me and tell me.

Amie, what you wanna do?
I think I could stay with you,
For a while maybe longer if I, longer if I do.

Amie, what you wanna do?
I think I could stay with you,
For a while maybe longer if I do.

I keep fallin’ in and out of love with you,
Fallin’ in and out of love with you,
Don’t know what I’m gonna do,
I keep fallin’ in and out of love with you.

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

12 thoughts on “Pure Prairie League – Amie”

  1. Love the song- one of the best country-rock songs of that era certainly better than anything The Eagles did. A couple fun facts about them- Vince Gill joined the band in the late 70’s and Mick Ronson [David Bowie and Mott The Hoople} added strings to a few of their earlier 70’s songs- seems like a strange match up.

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    1. Just a beautiful song. I didn’t know about Mick Ronson…that I would have never guessed. I agree with the comment about The Eagles…its more authentic… if that is the right word.

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      1. Jeez I learned something else reading up on Vince Gill- Mark Knoffler once asked him to join Dire Straits. He declined now that would have been interesting. He did sing back up on the Dire Straits album “On Every Street.”

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  2. Great song. Funny, I don’t remember ever hearing it until a few years ago when I came to Texas, although I remember “Let me Love You tonight” by them. All the odder since reading the story there’s such a strong Toronto connection to it and that’s where I was! Cool that they knew who Stompin’ tom was!

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  3. As this was the only song of theirs I knew, I was unaware of what a great lead-in song Falling In and Out of Love is from Bustin’ Out. When I put Aimee on a playlist a few years back, I made sure to include it.

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  4. Love this song like everyone else. Lots of people around here (Nashville) think it’s about Amy Grant because of the Vince Gill connection, but of course he wasn’t even in the band then and probably didn’t know Amy Grant then either. I’ve never been a big Vince Gill fan though I know he is an awesome guitarist. I saw him and Allison Krauss onstage together and they were tearing it up. She is just as good (guitarist) as he his. I like Vince Gill more as a musician and a back up singer than a solo artist. He’s a good fit in the revamped Eagles.

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    1. I worked in Franklin for a while and Vince and Amy lived there…I don’t know if they still do but I saw him a few times there. He is really a nice guy to everyone. I only saw him from afar…but, not a bad word was said about him…You mention Alison Krauss…The album she did with Robert Plant was great. “Please Read the Letter” was on my playlist for a long time after that came out… Sorry to veer off but I’m a fan of Alison.

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