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Great John Prine Lyrics

There’s a hole in Daddy’s arm where all the money goes

Sam Stone (1971)

And the gold rolled through his veins like thousand railroad trains

And eased his mind in the hours that he chose

While the kids ran around wearing other people’s clothes

Sam Stone

And there was nothing to be done

But to trade his house that he bought on the G.I. bill

For a flag draped casket on a local heroes’ hill

Sam Stone

You know that old trees just grow stronger

And old rivers grow wilder every day

Old people just grow lonesome

Waiting for someone to say

Hello in there


Hello in There (1971)

We lost Davy in the Korean War

I still don’t know what for

Doesn’t matter anymore

Hello in There

I am an old woman

Named after my mother

My old man is another

Child that’s grown old

If dreams were lightning

And thunder were desire

This old house would have burnt down

A long time ago

Angel from Montgomery (1971)

How to hell can a person

Go to work in the morning

Come home in the evening

And have nothing to say

Angel from Montgomery

And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County

Down by the Green River where Paradise lay

Well I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking

Mr Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Paradise (1971)

Small towns, bright lights, Saturday nights

Pinballs and post halls are flashing their lights

Making change behind a counter in a penny arcade

Sat the fat girl daughter of Virginia and Ray


Donald and Lydia (1971)

But when they finished

There was nothing to say

‘Cause mostly they made love

From ten miles away

Donald and Lydia

But your flag decal won't get you into Heaven anymore

They're already overcrowded from your dirty little war

Now Jesus don't like killin', no matter what the reason's for

And your flag decal won't get you to Heaven anymore

Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore (1971) o matter what the reason's for And you may see me tonight

With an illegal smile

It don’t cost very much

But it lasts a long while

Illegal Smile (1971)

Broken Hearts and dirty windows

Make life difficult to see

That’s why last night and this morning

Always look the same to me

Souvenirs (1972)

I used to sleep at the foot of old glory

And awake in the dawn's early light

But much to my surprise

When I opened my eyes

I was the victim of the great compromise

The Great Compromise (1972)


For if heartaches were commercials

We’d all be on TV

Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard (1975)

Started drinking heavy, got a big red nose

Beat his old lady with a rubber hose

Then he took her out to dinner

Bought her new clothes

That’s the way the world goes round

That’s the Way The World Goes Round (1977)

Hey look ma

Here comes the elephant boy

Bundled up all in his corduroy

Headed down south towards Illinois

From the jungles of East St Paul

Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone (1978)

I was in the army but I never dug a trench

Used to bust my knuckles on a monkey wrench

I’d go to town and drink and gives the girls a pinch

But I don’t think they ever noticed me

Fish and Whistle (1978)

We are living in the future

I’ll tell you how I know

I read in the paper

Fifteen years ago

Living in the Future (1979)

Old Sarah Brown sells tickets down

At the all night picture show

Where they grind out sex

And they rate it with an “X”

Just to make a young man’s pants grow

Living in the Future

Well I think that she may be

The oldest baby in the world

The Oldest Baby in The World (1981) – co-written Donnie Fritts

She’s got the mind of a child

And a body peaking over the hill

Well she would if she could

And she should but nobody will

The Oldest Baby in The World

In a cold and grey town, a nurse says lay down

This ain’t no playground, and this ain’t home

Someone’s children, out having children

In a gray stone building all alone

Unwed Fathers (1984) – co-written Bobby Braddock

So what in the world’s come over you

What in heaven’s name have you done

You’ve broken the speed of the sound of loneliness

You’re out there running

Just to be on the run

Speed of The Sound of Loneliness (1986)

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I found out yesterday that Linda goes to Mars

Every time I sit and look at pictures of used cars

Linda Goes to Mars (1986)

Well he ain’t got laid in a month of Sundays

Caught him once

And he was sniffing my undies

In Spite of Ourselves (1999)

Sadness leaks through tear-stained cheeks

From wino’s to dime-store jews

The Late John Garfield Blues (2000)

Valentines break hearts and minds at random Valentines break hearts and minds at random

That ol' Easter egg ain't got a leg to stand on

Well I can see that you can't win for tryin'

And New Year's Eve is bound to leave you cryin' Summer’s End (2018) – co-written Pat Mclaughlin

The lonesome friends of science say

The world will end most any day

Well, if it does, then that's okay

'Cause I don't leave here anyway Lonesome Friends of Science (2018)

he afterlife grand?

When I get to heaven, I'm gonna shake God's hand

Thank him for more blessings than one man can stand

Then I'm gonna get a guitar and start a rock-n-roll band

Check into a swell hotel; ain't the afterlife grand?

When I Get to Heaven (2018)


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