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Lost Dogs + Mixed Blessings

by John Prine

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1.
New Train 03:24
Full blown silence in an empty room A former bride and a former groom A folding table and a folding chair A folded hand of poker there All new directions must go everywhere Big round people in a cool little square You can't cut it with a boat or a plane Man it's gonna take a new train You'll be leaving on a new train Far away from this world of pain And when you look out your window you'll see Your home your baby and your family No melted ice cube in a paper cup Hell you'll be happy you'll be all shook up The friends that greet you will be Simple and plain When you step down from that new train Collected volumes of history say Man makes mistakes most everyday The half a pound of chopped ground round Is still a burger when it goes downtown No faded photographs of yesterdays Are in the books that I read these days To fly away from that memory town You must keep both your feet on the ground Cause you'll be leaving on a new train Far away from this world of pain And when you look out your window you'll see Your home your baby and your family No melted ice cube in a paper cup Hell you'll be happy you'll be all shook up The friends that greet you will be Simple and plain When you step down from that new train I'll be leaving on a new train Far away from this world of pain The friends that greet me will be Simple and plain When I step down from that new train New train, new train.
2.
I'm a walkin' down the street like Lucky Larue Got my hand in my pocket I'm thinkin' 'bout you I ain't hurtin' nobody I ain't hurtin' no one There's three hundred men in the state of Tennessee They're waiting to die, they won't never be free I ain't hurtin' nobody I ain't hurtin' no one Six million seven hundred thousand and thirty-three lights on You think someone could take the time to sit down And listen to the words of my song At the beach in Indiana I was nine years old Heard Little Richard singing "Tutti Frutti" F rom the top of a telephone pole I wasn't hurtin' nobody I wasn't hurtin' no one There's roosters laying chickens and chickens layin' eggs Farm machinery eating people's arms and legs I wasn't hurtin' nobody I wasn't hurtin' no one Perfectly crafted popular hit songs never use the wrong rhyme You'd think that waitress could get my order Right the first time She's sitting on the back steps just shucking that corn That gal's been grinning since the day she was born She ain't hurtin' nobody She ain't hurtin' no one I used to live in Chicago where the cold wind blows I delivered more junk mail than the junkyard would hold I wasn't hurtin' nobody I wasn't hurtin' no one You can fool some of the people part of the time In a rock and roll song Fifty million Elvis Presley fans Can't be all wrong
3.
Love gives Love takes It takes a lot of lucky breaks Lucky strikes Lucky stars I don't know how I got this far Who knows where it's coming from Or where it's going to Can I go all the way with you? You have your way You have your doubts The falling in The falling out A bridge is built A bridge is burned Till you reach the point of no return Don't know where we're coming from Or where we're going to Can I go all the way with you? Heaven knows that this ain't nothing new God knows how much I love you Love comes Love goes Can I go all the way with you? Can I go all the way with you?
4.
Down the hall upstairs from me There's a girl I swear I never see I hear the ringing of her phone She must live up there all alone She hangs her clothes out on the line They're hanging there right next to mine And if the wind should blow just right She could be in my arms tonight We are the lonely all together All together we're all alone We are the lonely all together All together we're all alone The cashier at the pump & pay Knows everything's gonna be okay The all night all right rent-a-cop Is across the street at the donut shop The waitress waits with whiskey sour At the single mingle happy hour The one man band begins to sing Accompanied by a drum machine We are the lonely all together All together we're all alone We are the lonely all together All together we're all alone White divorced swinging male Seeks company to no avail Worthless ruthless toothless man Wants wealthy woman with a plan SWF with a PhD Seeks TLC at the A&P GWM nice and trim Seeks s-e-x at the g-y-m Ugly man treats girls like dirt Wants buttons sewn upon his shirt DUI at the b-a-r Seeks m-a-n with c-a-r We are the lonely all together All together we're all alone We are the lonely all together All together we're all alone We are the lonely all together All together we're all alone We are the lonely all together All together we're all alone Toothy gal with breasts so large Takes Visa Amex Master Charge Dial 1-900 girls for fun You lonely little hot dog bun
5.
Lake Marie 06:00
We were standing Standing by peaceful waters Standing by peaceful waters Whoa Wah Oh Wha Oh Whoa Wah Oh Wha Oh Many years ago along the Illinois-Wisconsin Border There was this Indian tribe They found two babies in the woods White babies One of them was named Elizabeth She was the fairer of the two While the smaller and more fragile one was named Marie Having never seen white girls before And living on the two lakes known as the Twin Lakes They named the larger and more beautiful Lake, Lake Elizabeth And thus the smaller lake that was hidden from the highway Became known forever as Lake Marie (Repeat Chorus) Many years later I found myself talking to this girl Who was standing there with her back turned to Lake Marie The wind was blowing especially through her hair There was four Italian sausages cooking on the outdoor grill And Man, they was ssssssssizzlin' Many years later we found ourselves in Canada Trying to save our marriage and perhaps catch a few fish Whatever seemed easier That night she fell asleep in my arms Humming the tune to 'Louie Louie' Aah baby, We gotta go now. (Repeat Chorus) The dogs were barking as the cars were parking The loan sharks were sharking the narcs were narcing Practically everyone was there In the parking lot by the forest preserve The police had found two bodies Nay, naked bodies Their faces had been horribly disfigured by some sharp object Saw it on the news On the TV news In a black and white video You know what blood looks like in a black and white video? Shadows, Shadows that's exactly what it looks like All the love we shared between her and me was slammed Slammed up against the banks of Old Lake Marie, Marie We were standing Standing by peaceful waters Standing by peaceful waters Whoa Wah Oh Wha Oh Whoa Wah Oh Wha Oh Whoa Wah Oh Wha Oh Whoa Wah Oh Wha Oh Standing by peaceful waters Peaceful waters Standing by peaceful waters Peaceful waters Standing by peaceful waters Peaceful waters Standing by peaceful waters Peaceful waters Ahh baby, we gotta go now
6.
Does he still think about her Why there was never really any doubt Every time he lights a candle Or blows a candle out The scientific nature of the ordinary man Is to go on out and do the best you can I don't think that you know That I think you don't know That old barometer goes crazy baby Every time it starts to snow You won't find me walking Round your part of town Humidity built the snowman Sunshine brought him down This world is full of people They never seem to fall Somebody said they seen you You hadn't changed at all The fundamental story Of the contemporary man Is to walk away and someday understand I don't think that you know That I think you don't know That old barometer goes crazy baby Every time it starts to snow You won't find me walking Round your part of town Humidity built the snowman Sunshine brought him down The scientific nature of the ordinary man Is to go on out and do the best you can I don't think that you know That I think you don't know That old barometer goes crazy baby Every time it starts to snow You won't find me walking Round your part of town Humidity built the snowman Sunshine brought him down Humidity built the snowman Sunshine brought him down Brought him down
7.
Day Is Done 03:33
Do you like me? Well I hope you do Cause if you like me Then I think I'm gonna to have to like you too We'll share our things And have some fun Then we'll say goodbye And go back home when the day is done If you tell me I'll tell you too And we'll say the things And do the things that lovers do We'll keep it to ourselves We won't hurt no one Then we'll say goodbye And go back home when the day is done We'll carve our names On a tree Then we'll burn it down So no one in the world will see And we'll make love While we watch the flame Then we'll walk away As if we never had no shame Now we must hide To be alone And we can't say Our sweet things on the telephone If we can't stop What we've begun We should say goodbye And go back home when the day is done Do you still like me? Well I hope you do Cause if you still like me Then I think I'm gonna have to still like you We shared our things And had some fun Now we'll say goodbye And go back home when the day is done Yeah, we'll say goodbye And go back home while We still have one Let's say goodbye and go back home Now the day is done
8.
I don't want your big French Fry I don't want your car I don't want to buy no soap From no washed-up movie star You are so much louder Than the show I wanna hear With your sugarless gum Gee, but I'm dumb Non-alcoholic beer It's enough to make a grown man Blow up his own TV Quit hollerin' at me Quit hollerin' at me I heard you the first time I heard myself say Seems like the little woman Is getting bigger every day You don't have to tell the neighbors A little silence ain't no sin They already think my name is Where in the hell you been? Louder, louder, louder, louder, louder Constantly Quit hollerin' at me Quit hollerin' at me Whoa oh whoa oh Sweet Serenity Whoa oh whoa oh Quit hollerin' at me Quit hollerin' at me Ain't it great at the end of the day When there ain't no sound around Just me and the fence post Staring each other down Nothing but a big bunch of nothing Driving me insane Cause there ain't no voice that's louder Than the one inside my brain Hey you go on Go on and let me be Quit hollerin' at me Quit hollerin' at me Whoa oh whoa oh Sweet Serenity Whoa oh whoa oh Quit hollerin' at me Quit hollerin' at me Quit hollerin' at me Quit hollerin' at me Quit hollerin' at me
9.
Big Fat Love 03:58
It started out when she was small She was premature She wasn't nothing at all Two pounds six ounces A little pumpkin seed But she got more love Than you ever gonna need She got big fat love She got big fat love She don't eat enough To keep her alive When she bends over She's a quarter to five Skinny little thing But she ain't afraid To dance the Watusi On a razorblade She got big fat love She got big fat love Tiny little hands Tiny little nose Tiny little footsteps Wherever she goes Little bit don't leave No bathtub ring You pull the plug She's down the drain She got big fat love She got big fat love She got big fat love Bigger than me Bigger than you Bigger than the hippo Down at the zoo Thin is in Stout is out Big fat love Is what I'm talking about She got big fat love (x4)
10.
Moonlight shining on the back of my hand Cat fight rattlin' the garbage can Looks like somethin' chased you up a tree Same thing, same thing happened to me Wild wind blowing down the neck of my shirt Old men sitting on a bench in the dirt Seems that another ship has gone out to sea Same thing, same thing happened to me Shoe shine someone's got to tell ya the news A fine line separates a boy from the blues Looks like you could use some company Same thing, same thing happened to me Runnin', runnin' just as fast as I can Someone, someone take a hold of my hand Looks like somethin' chased you up a tree Same thing, same thing happened to me Same thing, same thing happened to me.
11.
I can taste your lipstick in the wine I can feel your heartbeat close to mine With your love wrapped around me I'm silent and still I know that this love is real I have tasted other lips I thought were true I have looked into the eyes I thought were you Now touching just to touch And feeling just to feel I know that this love is real Someone should tell our dreams when love is gone While still in slumber memories linger on Sometimes I lie awake in bed till dawn Thinking of you Now you're gone Tender is the heart that sleeps in rest Tender is the hope of tenderness Love thy neighbor as thyself And thou shall not steal I know that this love is real Love thy neighbor as thyself And thou shall not steal I know that this love is real.
12.
Feeling kind of bony On the telephoney Talking to Marconi Eating Rice-a-Roni Nominated for a Tony For acting like a phoney Watching Twilight Zoney On my forty-two inch Sony This is just a long song It ain't no poem Leave the lights on till your baby gets home It's like sitting in the kitchen When the music's really bitchin' Your nose it starts to itchin' As you count your old age pension Did I forget to mention The ride that I was hitchin' To the Aluminum convention I had such good intention Keep your cotton pickin' fingers off My song poem And leave the lights on till your baby gets home Leave the lights on till your baby gets home Leave the lights on till your baby gets home Don't forget your toothbrush Your hairbrush and your comb Leave the lights on till your baby gets home Got a big ol' dog A chrome crowbar I keep that mother humper in the back seat of my car Me and Billy Shakespeare Stepped out to get a root beer We sat together so near People thought we were queer Punctuated by the big scare We joined the Air Force right there To defend our country first class Who couldn't give a rat's ass Don't you tell me that the White House is my home Leave the lights on till your baby gets home Leave the lights on till your baby gets home Leave the lights on till your baby gets home Don't forget your toothbrush Your hairbrush and your comb Leave the lights on till your baby gets home Got a big ol' dog A big iron bar I keep that mother humper in the back seat of my car It's like kissing Greta Garbo with a mouth full of marbles Like trying to cash a paycheck in the middle of a train wreck Leave the lights on Leave the lights on Like trying to get aroundo in a car made of bondo Like speaking German lingo to a dog named Dingo - Plotz!! Leave the lights on Leave the lights on Like a French fried quesadilla In a franchised pizzeria Leave the lights on Leave the lights on A big iron bar I keep that mother humper in the back seat of my car.
13.
The motel lights were blinkin' On my chartreuse four door Lincoln On the dock the fish were stinkin' I simply didn't have a care And the old men sit 'round the cracker barrels The children hum their Christmas carols The train tracks all run parallel But they'll all meet up one day On a dusty pew in a vestibule Sits the Devil playing pocket pool He's waiting for the next poor fool Who forgot that it was Sunday We used to tell each other lies With our orange plastic button eyes In a former life on a motel chair I was Charlie Parker's teddy bear Yeah, me and Bird we'd stay up late I used to watch him contemplate While his horn would sit by the window and Wait till it was time for him to blow it On a dusty pew in a vestibule Sits the Devil playing pocket pool He's waiting for the next poor fool Who forgot that it was Sunday The only song I ever knew Was "Moonlight Bay on the Avenue" These are the tales from the Devil's chin Charlie I could've been a contender And the old men sit round the cracker barrels The children hum their Christmas carols The train tracks all run parallel But they'll all meet up one day On a dusty pew in a vestibule Sits the Devil playing pocket pool He's waiting for the next poor fool Who forgot that it was Sunday Who forgot that it was Sunday.
14.
I love you so much it hurts me Darlin' that's why I'm so blue I'm so afraid to go to bed at night Afraid of losing you I love you so much it hurts me And there's nothing I can do I want to hold you my dear Forever and ever I love you so much it hurts me so I love you so much it hurts me And there's nothing I can do I want to hold you my dear Forever and ever I want to hold you my dear Forever and ever I love you so much it hurts me so

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released April 4, 1995

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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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