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Aimless Love

by John Prine

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I threw a party. Nobody came. I bought all the tickets. They cancelled the game. I give you my picture. It didn't fit your frame Be my friend tonight Be my friend tonight. Be my friend tonight. I'll sleep on the couch. You can leave on that light. Well, I won't do nothing wrong till you say it's right Come on Honey, be my friend tonight Now you bring the glasses and I'll bring the wine I'll rub your shoulders just like they were mine I won't make no passes till it's passing time If you're only gonna be my buddy tonight Be my friend tonight. Be my friend tonight. I'll sleep on the couch. You can leave on that light. Well, I won't do nothing wrong till you say it's right Come on Darling, be my friend tonight Well, I'll mind my manners. My P's and Q's I won't give you nothing that you can't use I'll whip out that old guitar and sing you the blues Be my friend tonight Be my friend tonight. Be my friend tonight. I'll sleep on the couch. You can leave on that light. Well, I won't do nothing wrong till you say it's right Come on Honey, be my friend tonight Be my friend tonight. Be my friend tonight. I'll sleep on the couch. You can leave on that light. Well, I won't do nothing wrong till you say it's right Come on Darling, be my friend tonight Oh, come on Honey, be my friend tonight Please, be my friend tonight.
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Aimless Love 03:07
He's just a small fry. A bit too gun shy. To have his heart touched without a glove He looks at strangers as potential dangers Trying to steal his aimless love. Love has no mind. It can't spell unkind. It's never seen a heart shaped like a Valentine For if love knew him. It'd walk up to him And introduce him to an aimless love I been out walking. Kinda pillow talking To anyone that has the time for me For there are some folks they think that love chokes. It ties and keeps them from being free Love has no mind. It can't spell unkind It's never seen a heart shaped like a Valentine For if love knew you. It'd walk up to you And introduce you to an aimless love Do you look at strangers as potential dangers Trying to steal your aimless love. Love has no mind. It can't spell unkind It's never seen a heart shaped like a Valentine For if love knew you. It'd walk up to you And introduce you to an aimless love And introduce you to an aimless love
3.
Well, tonight I'll throw a party and I know who I'll invite There's a strange and lonely person with whom I'll spend this night There'll be no old sad memories to haunt me till I die In that room there'll be a bottle And me, myself and I In that room there'll be a bottle And me, myself and I I've been introduced to many people I don't understand I've been in the house of lonely. I've shook a thousand shaking hands But tonight I'll be with someone who will look me in the eye And in that room there'll be a bottle And me, myself and I In that room there'll be a bottle And me, myself and I At that party you'll see me when I was just a child In a room full of happy with a heart so meek and mild And that child will meet a ghost that will haunt him oh so bad From a family of confusion pretending love they never had. So, tonight I'll throw that party and I know just what I'll do Yes, I'll meet myself at midnight and cry the whole night through Yeah, I'll meet that ghost of sadness and he'll look me in the eye And in that room there'll be that bottle And me, myself and I In that room there'll be a bottle And me, myself and I
4.
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 With her nails painted red And her hair so unnaturally curled Well I think that she may be The oldest baby in the world She's tasted the night life But it's left her with nothing but hunger And all the available men Seem to think that they want something younger But youth is a costume And the beauty within lies unfurled And I think that she may be The oldest baby in the world Fast horses win races And royal flushes beat aces And everyone's playing to keep So let's turn out the lights And rock that old baby to sleep She loves the sound of the rain But you know she's still afraid of the thunder She keeps a head full of hope And a heart that's so full of wonder She may look like a woman But she's still some daddy's little girl And I think that she may be The oldest baby in the world Yes, I think that she may be The oldest baby in the world
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Let's take a slow boat to China. Leave from South Carolina Let's take our time and go the long way On a junk boat to Thailand with your hand in my hand I sure hope we got something to say Well, this old boat's go no sail so won't you please hold our mail- For awhile Thanks anyway pal but the Suez Canal - Ain't our style Let's take a slow boat to China and maybe we'll find a New way to play those same old games The stars just might show us and the captain will know us Shake our hands and call us by our first names We'll send a postcard to Grandpa of a vase or rickshaw- He don't care We'll buy Mom a kimono or maybe we'll just phone her - When we're there We'll drink sake at night beneath the soft harbor lights- On the bay We'll build house on the hill next to Shangri-Li Bill - And we'll stay Let's take that slow boat to China (Let's go) Slow boat to China (Real Slow) Slow boat to China (Let's go) Slow boat to China (Real Slow) Let's go Real Slow
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Here's the story of a man and his family And a big trip that they took Well, I heard all about in a restaurant And I read it in a history book They rented a car at the Erie Canal But the car didn't have no brake Said Ma to Pa "My God this car" " Is gonna fall into the Bottomless Lake" Well, Mama turned to Daddy with a pale face Said "I've done something horribly wrong" "Well, the waters still runnin' in the bathtub" And I think I left the kitchen light on" Then I heard a crash the car when splash And the compass rolled around and around Oh, for Heaven's Sake! We fell in a lake And I think we're all gonna drown We are falling down Down to the bottom of a hole in the ground Smoke 'em if you got 'em I'm so scared I can hardly breathe I may never see my sweetheart again There was plenty of food in the backseat And the windows were rolled up tight So we all nibbled on a chicken leg Told stories 'way thru' the night Well, Pa told one that he told before And the baby got a bellyache Said Ma to Pa "My God this car" "Falling down a Bottomless Lake" (Repeat Chorus) Poppa played the music on the radio Mama rocked the baby to sleep He said he would've taken the other road But he didn't think the lake was that deep Well, if the ferry been there at the end of the pier We'd be half way to Uncle Jake's Instead of looking at fish out the window I wish We'd hit the bottom of the Bottomless Lake 'Stead of looking at fish out the window I wish We'd hit the bottom of the Bottomless Lake So if you're ever goin' on a big trip Ya better be careful out there Start everything on you good foot And wear clean underwear Take along a Bible in the backseat Read of David and Solomon For if you make a mistake in the Bottomless Lake You may never see your sweetheart again If you should make a mistake in the Bottomless Lake You may never see your sweetheart again If you should make a mistake in the Bottomless Lake You may never see your sweetheart again
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Maureen, Maureen, I shot a doctor last night on the airplane Well, they said he wouldn't hurt us But he got me real nervous and mean He was fat and he stank And God knows that he drank more than we do So I shot him in the first class Then I bailed out and ran home to you But you don't believe me I could tell by your smile Honey, why don't you leave me Get lost for awhile, Maureen. Maureen, Maureen, There's a hole in between where we come from And the things that I'm thinking Ain't necessary the things that I say I may have lied to myself But I tried to tell God how I love you But even He don't answer His phone anymore when I pray Maureen, Maureen, I shot a doctor last night on the airplane Well, they said he wouldn't hurt us But he got me real nervous and mean Real nervous and mean
8.
Well, I got time on my hands and I got you on my mind And the moon and the stars up above There's a warm summer breeze Blowing down through the trees And somewhere someone's falling in love Well, if this world where we live is the only one we have Then there's only one thing I'm thinking of Let's go for that ride - keep our eyes open wide Cause somewhere someone's falling in love You may be looking for someone Someone may be looking for you Someday you'll awaken and open your eyes And love will be looking at you So don't get down on yourself. No and don't lose your faith Believe these words that I'm singing of For as sure as the day that you were born Somewhere someone's falling in love (Repeat Chorus) So don't get down on yourself. No, and don't lose your faith Believe these words that I'm singing of For as sure as the day that you were born Somewhere someone's falling in love Yeah, for as sure as the day that you were born Somewhere someone's falling Somewhere someone's falling Somewhere someone's falling in love
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People who are sad - sometimes they wear a frown And people who are kings - sometimes they wear a crown But all the people who don't fit Get the only fun they get From people puttin' people down People puttin' people down People without love - sometimes build a fence around The garden up above - that makes the whole world go 'round But all the people who don't fit Get the only fun they get From people puttin' people down People puttin' people down So cold, sometimes it gets so cold You may love your wife - you may lose your family You may lose you mind - just to keep your sanity But the people who don't fit Get the only fun they get From people puttin' people down People puttin' people down People that are glad - sometimes they wear a smile And people without dreams they walk the extra mile But all the people who don't fit Get the only fun they get From people puttin' people down People puttin' people down From people puttin' people down People puttin' people down So cold, sometimes it gets so cold
10.
In an Appalachian, Greyhound station She sits there waiting, in a family way "Goodbye brother, Tell Mom I love her Tell all the others, I'll write someday" From an teenage lover, to an unwed mother Kept undercover, like some bad dream While unwed fathers, they can't be bothered They run like water, through a mountain stream In a cold and gray town, a nurse say's "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 On somewhere else bound, Smokey Mountain Greyhound She bows her head down, hummin' lullabies ' Your daddy never, meant to hurt you ever' 'He just don't live here, but you've got his eyes' (Repeat Chorus) Well, they run like water, Through a mountain stream
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Only Love 03:29
You may live alone and close your eyes Some folks do You may dream a dream that's twice your size All night through When the morning comes who's to tell your dreams to Only you Only love, love only, only love Will do Only love, love only, only love Comes true Nothing else, you see, there nothing else Only love, only love I have known a love within my heart One or two Where one love would end and one would start I never knew If love should come your way you'll learn to say I love you I love you (Repeat Chorus Twice)

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released May 11, 1989

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A two-time Grammy-winner, John Prine is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years into a remarkable career that has drawn praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen & others. He is a 2019 Rock & Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award. ... more

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