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German Afternoons

by John Prine

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1.
Lulu Walls 02:37
One evening getting dark We first met at the park Just sitting by the fountain all alone I lifted up my hat And then began to chat She said she'd allow me to see her at her home Such a star I've never seen She's as pretty as the queen She's as perfect as an angel from above If she'd only be my wife I'd live happy all me life With that aggravating beauty Lulu Walls. If she were only mine I'd build a house so fine And around it so many fences tall It would make me jealously To think that none but me Could gaze upon that beauty Lulu Walls. (Repeat Chorus) One evening getting late Well, I met her at the gate I asked her if she'd wed me in the fall But she only turned away And nothing would she say That aggravating beauty Lulu Walls. (Repeat Chorus) With that aggravating beauty Lulu Walls.
2.
You come home late and you come home early You come on big when you're feeling small You come home straight and you come home curly Sometimes you don't come home at all So what in the world's come over you And 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 Well I got a heart that burns with a fever And I got a worried and a jealous mind How can a love that'll last forever Get left so far behind (Repeat Chorus) It's a mighty mean and a dreadful sorrow It's crossed the evil line today Well, how can you ask about tomorrow We ain't got one word to say (Repeat Chorus) You're out there running just to be on the run You're out there running just to be on the run You're out there running just to be on the run
3.
Out of Love 03:17
Barley malts and does eat oats and little girls are lively And your liveliness has left me in a brew So I'm sitting here just drinking beer Cause there's nothing else to do. And when I'm out of love, I'm out of you. We were so happy, honey when we were together Why we should have won a ribbon colored blue But those Rocky Mountain waters came between us And when I'm out of love, I'm out of you. So I'm living in the land of sky blue waters And I'm grabbing all the gusto up it's true Well, you only go around once in life they say And when I'm out of love, I'm out of you These teardrops that I'm crying are the champagne of bottled tears, And I must admit that I've shed one or two, But when good friends get together well they always tip a few And when I'm out of love, I'm out of you. (Repeat Chorus) So put me in a cool place for I'm the King of Beers Forty to forty-five degrees will do And if you must play that jukebox let it be low and now 'Cause when I'm out of love, I'm out of you. (Repeat Chorus) So if you go the time, we got the tears And when I'm out of love, I'm out of you
4.
Sailin' around, sailin' around, sailin' around, I've been out sailin' around again I've been sailin' around But I can't get back to you. Hangin' around, hangin' around, hangin' around I've been out hangin' around again I've been hangin' around But I can't get back to you. So tell where you been so long (sailin' around) What have I done so wrong? (sailin' around) Well, I'm so glad I finally found you I can't wait to put my arms around you Sailin' around, but I can't get back to you Shoppin' around, shoppin' around, shoppin' around, I've been shoppin' around again I've been shoppin' around But I can't get back to you. (Repeat Chorus) Sailin' around, sailin' around, sailin' around, I've been sailin' around again I've been sailin' around but I can't get back to you. I've been sailin' around but I can't get back to you. I've been sailin' around but I can't get back to you.
5.
Well, every time I try to love another I never know exactly what to do I'd like to tell her just how much I want her And I could find the way if she were you Her eyes may shine for me and not another, Her lonely arms reach out to hold me too, She wants to take your place and be my lover And I could make her mine if she were you I never knew how much I cared about you Till your memory made me a lovesick fool When she speaks to me I hear you sweet voice calling When I close my eyes your face comes into view I remember how it hurt when I was falling And I could fall again if she were you I never knew how much I cared about you Till your memory made me a lovesick fool She wants to take your place and be my lover And I could make her mine if she were you Yes, I could make her mine if she was you
6.
I just found out yesterday that Linda goes to Mars Every time I sit and look at pictures of used cars She'll turn on her radio and sit down in her chair And look at me across the room, as if I wasn't there Oh My stars! My Linda's gone to Mars Well I wish she wouldn't leave me here alone Oh My stars! My Linda's gone to Mars Well, I wonder if she'd bring me something home. Something, somewhere, somehow took my Linda by the hand And secretly decoded our sacred wedding band For when the moon shines down up on our happy, humble home Her inner space gets tortured by some outer space unknown. (Repeat Chorus) Now I ain't seen no saucers 'cept the ones upon the shelf And if I ever seen one I'd keep it to myself For if there's life out there somewhere beyond this life on earth Then Linda must have gone out there and got her money's worth. (Repeat Chorus) Yeah, I wonder if she'd bring me something home.
7.
Well, I packed my bags and bought myself a ticket For the land of the tall palm tree Aloha Old Milwaukee, Hello Waikiki I just stepped down from the airplane When I heard her say, "Waka waka nuka licka, waka waka nuka licka Would you like a lei? Eh?" Let's talk dirty in Hawaiian Whisper in my ear Kicka pooka mok a wa wahini Are the words I long to hear Lay your coconut on my tiki What the hecka mooka mooka dear Let's talk dirty in Hawaiian Say the words I long to hear It's a ukulele Honolulu sunset Listen to the grass skirts sway Drinking rum from a pineapple Out on Honolulu Bay The steel guitars all playing While she's talking with her hands Gimme gimme oka doka make a wish and wanta polka Words I understand Hey! (Repeat Chorus) Well, I boughta lota junka with my moolah And sent it to the folks back home I never had the chance to dance the hula Well, I guess I should have known When you start talking to the sweet wahini Walking in the pale moonlight Ohka noka whatta setta knocka-rocka-sis-boom-boccas Hope I said it right Oh! (Repeat Chorus) Let's talk dirty in Hawaiian Say the words I long to hear Aloha
8.
I don't want to be the kind to hesitate Be too shy, Wait to late I don't care what they say other lovers do I just want to dance with you I got a feeling that you have a heart like mine, So let it show, Let it shine Oh, if we have change to make one heart of two Then I just want to dance with you I want to dance with you Twirl you all around the floor That's what they invented dancing for, I just want to dance with you I want to dance with you Hold you in my arms once more That's what they invented dancing for, I just want to dance with you I caught you lookin' at me when I looked at you Yes, I did, Ain't that true You won't get embarrassed by the things I do I just want to dance with you Oh, the boys are playing softly and the girls are too So am I, and so are you If this was a movie then we're right on cue I just want to dance with you (Repeat Chorus) (Repeat Chorus) I just want to dance with you I just want to dance with you I just want to dance with you
9.
He stumbled through the alley with his long coat on Nothing but a bottle in his hand She sat in her apartment lonesome to the bone Wondering what had happened to her man Love, love, love, love Nobody ever understands All the things that go, Between a woman and a man. When they'd walk down the sidewalk the street would shine With the kind of love no human heart can fake And they vowed to stay together till the end of time Like the couple that stands on top of the wedding cake (Repeat Chorus) If I should live to a ripe old age The only lesson I may ever learn Is to not stand so close to the flame of love Unless you are willing to get burned (Repeat Chorus) All the things that go, Between a woman and a man.
10.
Bad Boy 03:28
I been a bad boy I been long gone I been out there I never phone home I never gave you not one little clue where I'd been I've been a bad boy again. I got a way of Fallin' in love With angels that don't shove You into thinkin' that you are committing a sin I've been a bad boy again. Chorus: x2 I've been a bad boy again Now I've been a bad boy again And all the trouble that I'm in Makes me a bad boy again I must have walked 'round In a real fog I was your best friend Now I'm a real dog I never thought that now Would ever catch up with then I've been a bad boy again. I've been a bad boy I sung a wrong song I took a left turn I stayed too long As you were thinkin' that I wasn't Just like all other men I've been a bad boy again. (Repeat Chorus x2)
11.
If today the sun should set on all my hopes and cares There is still one smiling face the Gods would see But she'll walk along beside me up those golden stairs Oh, they'll never, ever take her love from me What a fool I was to go and break the trust she gave And watch her love turn into sympathy It's the one regret I'll carry with me to my grave Oh they'll never, never take her love from me I'm so thankful for each golden hour of happiness That we shared together in the use to be Someone else's arms may hold her now in fond caress But they'll never, never take her love from me Well, I though I'd make her happy if I'd step aside But I knew her love would never set me free And even on the morning she became another's bride I said they'll never, never take her love from me No, they'll never, never take her love from me
12.
Paradise 03:28
When I was a child my family would travel Down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born And there's a backwards old town that's often remembered So many times that my memories are worn. 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 Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away Well, sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River To the abandoned old prison down by Airdrie Hill Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols But empty pop bottles was all we would kill. (Repeat Chorus) Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man. (Repeat Chorus) When I die let my ashes float down the Green River Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin' Just five miles away from wherever I am.

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released October 25, 1990

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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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