Gettin' it from the Source,
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As the writer of this intriguing song, Steve's version can be said to be canonical. I think Arlo Guthrie did the best pop version, and Willie Nelson did the best country version. However, I think Steve's version is great, better than - say - John Denver's and I'd listen to it any time. It's a great great and highly evocative song and I hope Steve was aware that he'd created a classic.