Song of the Day: Randall Goodgame


This was the song that did it.  It was about eight years ago, maybe nine (!), when I first met Randy.  It was at a Compassion International retreat, and it was no more than a hand shake and a “nice to meet you”.  About three months later I was doing a show with my buddy Gabe Scott at the sadly now-defunct New City Café in Knoxville, and Kenny, the proprietor, had Randy’s EP Hank playing over the sound system.  I loved what I heard and bought the CD immediately.  This was the song that made it clear to me that this Goodgame fella wasn’t messing around.  “Charlie Robin” is in many ways a great picture of what Randall does.

Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author. Andrew has released more than ten records over the past twenty years, earning him a reputation for songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. As an author, Andrew’s books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga, released in collectible hardcover editions through Random House in 2020, and his creative memoir, Adorning the Dark, released in 2019 through B&H Publishing.


  1. Curt McLey


    Last night, She’s Gone Forever came up on my iPod shuffle function. This man’s songwriting style blows me away. When I listen to one of his songs, despite familiarity, it’s often like hearing it for the first time. His tales are fresh, evocative, and so thoughtful. I finagled a request for Charlie Robin the last time I was at a RG show. I think Randall said it was years since he had played it in a concert setting. With a little Eric Peters harmony for spice, I was in seventh heaven. RG is one cool dude.

  2. Aaron

    “Charlie Robin” is a truly great song. Although, I have to say my favorite RG song of all time has to be “Sylvester.”

  3. James Glass

    A truely wonderful piece of music. Listening to it took me away from my problems and filled my head with happiness, reminding me that there is still good in the world. Thank you Andrew and three huge cheers to Mr. Goodgame!

  4. Ron Davis

    I’m actually listening to Arkadelphia this morning. This one is a great story of a man making a living with his music. I also really like the way his wife is so supportive in his career…”she carries this poet on her shoulder” – that’s a beautiful picture. Also, the line “if you make my biography, how will you be remembered?” hit me hard the first time I heard it.

    “Charlie Robin” is a great one, but I’d have to say that my favorite song on this CD (and possibly my favorite of all of his songs) is “Sylvester.” I’m pretty sure we’ve discussed that one here before, so I’ll not go on and on about it’s awesomeness.

  5. Tom Bubb

    This is such a sunny, gorgeous song! Is it possible for someone to post the lyrics? I didn’t quite catch all of them. I really love War and Peace and now I’m looking forward to checking out Arkadelphia. Thanks AP!

  6. Tom Bubb

    I don’t expect an answer but I have to ask: Isn’t Randall’s wife named Amy? Who is Carmen? Okay that’s out of my system now. 🙂

  7. Randall Goodgame


    Thanks for all the kindnesses. When I was writing the song, our realtor was named Charles Robin, and that made me a little too close to the song to write it well enough. So I began to think of the song coming from another voice, like mine, with similar but different life experiences. That really helped, and that guys wife was named Carmen.

    Here’s the lyrics…

    I rent my house from Charlie Robin
    Sometimes the rent is late
    When I can’t pay the fine Charlie Robin doesn’t mind
    If I hand deliver
    If i hand deliver

    Beans from my vegetable garden
    Cardboard box of fruit from my tree
    Marmalade and rosaries, Carmen makes a potpourri
    of things I can deliver
    Things I can deliver

    Charlie Robin won’t you hear my plea
    There’s a miracle of music coming over me
    Charlie Robin won’t you be so kind
    Send your dues collector from my door
    I need just a little time

    On a breakfast afternoon in San Diego
    I got to see Mercedes work concessions
    By the monkeys at the zoo
    We packed the house down at Ruby’s bar
    They pay me like a movie star
    I may be delivered I may be delivered


    I could pawn my pocketwatch, Charlie Robin
    Would it please you if Carmen sold her hair
    ‘Cause you know she would – she carries this poet on her shoulder
    And we’re just getting older

    You know I was born to sing and play my tunes
    And she was born under a harvest moon
    And now we’re all together linked in history
    If you make my biography
    How will you be remembered
    How will you be remembered


  8. Tom Bubb

    Thank you for the lyrics Randall and thanks for the story of the song! I’m an amateur songwriter myself and I always love to hear those little details that make each song special.

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