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September 78

by John Prine

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I know that you're sad I know that you're lonely you lie awake 'till way past when I want you to know that I'm leaving you only 'cause I might not get the chance again. Chorus: I'm cold and I'm tired and I can't stop coughing long enough to tell you all of the news I'd like to tell you that I'll see you more often but often is a word I seldom use often is a word I seldom use. Tell me, where did the weekend go? Tell me, where did the weekend go? Went like thunder, felt like snow. Went like thunder, felt like snow. You must think my life's a circus watching me laughing and slapping my thighs how'd ya like to die in the house of mirrors with nobody around to close your eyes. Chorus: Going down to the Greyhound station going back home and get what's mine got me a date with the ten o'clock special gonna be there at a quarter to nine. Chorus:
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I am an old woman named after my mother My old man is another child that's grown old If dreams were lightning thunder was desire This old house would have burnt down a long time ago Chorus: Make me an angel that flies from Montgom'ry Make me a poster of an old rodeo Just give me one thing that I can hold on to To believe in this living is just a hard way to go When I was a young girl well, I had me a cowboy He weren't much to look at, just free rambling man But that was a long time and no matter how I try The years just flow by like a broken down dam. Repeat Chorus: There's flies in the kitchen I can hear 'em there buzzing And I ain't done nothing since I woke up today. How the hell can a person go to work in the morning And come home in the evening and have nothing to say. Repeat Chorus:
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Things got rough things got tough things got harder than hard We were just trying to make a livin' in our back yard We were born too late died to soon anxiety's a terrible crime if you don't come now don't come at all 'cause it's a crooked piece of time. It's a crooked piece of time that we live in a crooked piece of time all in all and all in all It's a crooked piece of time. Yesterday morning an ill wind came blew your picture right out of the picture frame even blew the candle out from underneath the flame Yesterday morning an ill wind came.
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I had a dream last night Last night I had a dream Everything was black and white And it smelled like gasoline We stood in the corner And I held you tight I kissed your mouth Till my head got light Last night when I had a dream I had a dream last night Last night I had a dream Birds were flying left and right Thru the light of a movie screen Everyone was looking For something to do I even thought I had a chance with you Last night when I had a dream
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Pretty Good 05:05
got a friend in Fremont, He sells used cars, ya know. Well, he calls me up twice a year Just ask me how'd it go Pretty good, not bad, I can't complain Actually everything is just about the same I met a girl from Venus, and her insides were lined in gold Well, she did what she did said "How was it, kid?" She was politely told "Pretty good, not bad, I can't complain But actually everything is just about the same." Moonlight makes me dizzy Sunlight makes me clean Your light is the sweetest thing That this boy has ever seen. Molly went to Arkansas, she got raped by Dobbin's dog Well, she was doing good till she went in the woods And got pinned up against a log Pretty good, not bad, she can't complain Cause actually all them dogs is just about the same Moonlight makes me dizzy Sunlight makes me clean Your light is the sweetest thing That this boy has ever seen. Instrumental: I heard Allah and Buddha were singing at the Savior's feast And up the sky and Arabian rabbi Fed Quaker oats to a priest. Pretty good, not bad, they can't complain Cause actually all them gods is just about the same Pretty good, not bad, I can't complain Cause actually everything is just about the same
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I'm going steady with Iron Ore Betty and she's goin' steady with me we receive our mail in the same mailbox and we watch the same TV I got rug burns on my elbows she's got 'em on her knees yeah, I'm goin' steady with Iron Ore Betty and she's going steady with me. Hey, I been pickin' my brains out I been workin' at the hardware store I been trying to put a chicken in the window chase away the wolf from the door Betty's been down in the iron ore mine bringing home energy yeah, I'm goin' steady with Iron Ore Betty and she's goin' steady with me. I been speaking to her in English she's been speakin' in the English too we always speak the same language 'cause we're always gettin' thru I met her at a dance at the union hall it was a night with Daddy G. yeah, I'm goin' steady with Iron Ore Betty and she's goin' steady with me.
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Woke up this morning Put on my slippers Walked in the kitchen and died And oh what a feeling! When my soul Went thru the ceiling And on up into heaven I did ride When I got there they did say John, it happened this way You slipped upon the floor And hit your head And all the angels say Just before you passed away These were the very last words That you said: Chorus: Please don't bury me Down in that cold cold ground No, I'd druther have "em" cut me up And pass me all around Throw my brain in a hurricane And the blind can have my eyes And the deaf can take both of my ears If they don't mind the size Give my stomach to Milwaukee If they run out of beer Put my socks in a cedar box Just get "em" out of here Venus de Milo can have my arms Look out! I've got your nose Sell my heart to the junkman And give my love to Rose Repeat Chorus Give my feet to the footloose Careless, fancy free Give my knees to the needy Don't pull that stuff on me Hand me down my walking cane It's a sin to tell a lie Send my mouth way down south And kiss my ass goodbye Repeat Chorus
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I got kicked off Noah's Ark I turn my cheek to unkind remarks There was two of everything But one of me And when the rains came tumbling down I held my breath and I stood my ground And I watched that ship go sailing Out to sea. Chorus: Take it back Take it back Oh no, you can't say that All of my friends Are not dead or in jail Through rock and through stone The black wind still moans Sweet revenge Sweet revenge Without fail. I caught an aisle seat on a plane And drove an English teacher half insane Making up jokes about bicycle spokes And red balloons So I called up my local deejay And he didn't have a lot to say But the radio Has learned all of my favorite tunes. Chorus: The white meat is on the run And the dark meat is far too done And the milkman left me a note yesterday Get out of this town by noon You're coming on way too soon And besides that We never liked you any way. Chorus:

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Recorded September 23, 1978 Park West, Chicago, IL

This album is dedicated to the memory of Tommy Piekarski and Leo Leblanc

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released November 16, 2016

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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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