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The Tree of Forgiveness

by John Prine

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released April 13, 2018

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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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Track Name: Knockin' On Your Scree Door
I ain’t got nobody
Hangin’ around my doorstep
Ain’t go no loose change
Just a-hangin’ round my jeans
If you see somebody
Won’t you send ‘em over my way
I could use some help here
With a can of pork and beans

I once had a family
But they up and left me
With nothin’ but an eight track
Another Side of George Jones
I was in high cotton
Just a-bangin’ on my 6 string
A-kickin’ at the trash cans
Walkin’ skin and bones

I can see your back porch
If I close my eyes now
I can hear the train tracks
Thru the laundry on the line

I’m thinkin it’s your business
But you don’t got to answer
I’m knocking on your screen door
In the summertime

Everybody’s out there
Climbing on the trees now
A-swinging in the breeze now
A-hangin’ on the vine
I’m dreamin’ ‘bout a sailboat
I don’t need a fur coat
Underneath the dashboard
Got some sweet potato wine

I can see your back porch
If I close my eyes now
I can hear the train tracks
Thru the laundry on the line

I’m thinkin it’s your business
But you don’t got to answer
I’m knocking on your screen door
In the summertime

I’m knocking on your screen door
In the summertime
Track Name: I Have Met My Love Today
I have met my love today
I have met my love today
Doesn’t really matter
What we had to say
I have met my love today

I’ve been holding on for you
Dreams I’ve had have all come true
I have seen your picture
And I knew you right away
I have me my love today

True love will always have its way
There ain’t no doubt about
True love is here to stay
Hey hey

Day by day our love will grow
Day by day our love will show
We’ll go on forever
And I can truly say
I have met my love today
Oh oh
I have met my love today
Track Name: Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)
If you like your apples sweet
And your streets are not concrete
You’ll be in your bed by nine every night

Take your hand spanked corn fed gal
And your best friend’s four-eyed pal
To a treat right down the street
That’s dynamite

Let your conscience be your guide
If you put your foot inside
You’ll wish you’d left
Your well enough alone

When you got hell to pay
Put the truth on layaway
And blame it on that old crazy bone

Crazy Bone (Crazy Bone)
Crazy Bone (Crazy Bone)
Well, you wished you’d left
Your well enough alone
When you got hell to pay
Put the truth on layaway
And blame it on that old
Crazy Bone

Don’t be stuck up in Alaska
When you should be in Nebraska
On a Thursday when it’s
Egg and Daughter Nite

When the farmers come to town
And they spread them eggs around
And they drop their daughters down
At the roller rink

Well you’re probably standing there
With your slick backed
Brylcreem hair your Luckies
And your Daddy’s fine toothed comb

If they knew what you was thinkin’
They’d a run you
Out of Lincoln
Just blame it on that old
Crazy Bone

Crazy Bone (Crazy Bone)
Crazy Bone (Crazy Bone)
You must have left your
Wisdom tooth at home
If they knew what you was thinkin’
They’d a run you out of Lincoln
Just blame it on that old
Crazy Bone

Here comes that Crazy Bone

When your Grandkids all are grown
And they put you in a home
And eternity is approaching fast

Yeah, you’re half out of your head
And you probably pissed the bed
And you can’t see a thing
To save your ass

When far across the prairie
In the local cemetery
They already got your name carved out in stone

When all them nurses say
Grandpa, Why you walk that way?
Just blame it on that old Crazy Bone
Yeah, blame it on that old...

Crazy Bone (Crazy Bone)
Crazy Bone (Crazy Bone)
And everybody in that Old Folks Home
If they knew what you were thinkin’
They’d a run you outta Lincoln
Just blame it on that old
Crazy Bone
And everybody in that Old Folks Home
Yeah, blame it on that old
Crazy Bone
Track Name: Summer's End
Summer’s end is around the bend just flying
The swimming suits are on the line just drying
I’ll meet you there per our conversation
I hope I didn’t ruin your whole vacation

Well, you never know how far from home you’re feeling
Until you’ve watched the shadows cross the ceiling
Well, I don’t know but I can see it snowing
In your car the windows are wide open

Just come on home
Come on home
No, you don’t have to be alone
Just come on home

Valentines break hearts and minds
At random
That old Easter egg ain’t got a leg
To stand on
Well I can see that you can’t win for trying
And New Year’s Eve is bound to
Leave you crying

Come on home
Come on home
No, you don’t have to be alone
Just come on home

The moon and stars hang out in bars
Just talkin’
I still love that picture of us walkin’
Just like that old house
We thought was haunted
Summer’s end came faster than we wanted

Come on home
Come on home
No, you don’t have to be alone
Come on home

Come on home
You don’t have to be alone
Just come on home
Track Name: Caravan of Fools
The dark and distant drumming
The pounding of the hooves
The silence of everything that moves
Late at night you see them
Decked out in shiny jewels
The coming of the
Caravan of Fools

Like the wings of a dove
The waiter’s white glove
Seems to shimmer by the light of the pool
Some dull blinding winter
When you can’t help but lose
You’re running with the
Caravan of Fools

Love and devotion
Deep as any ocean
Don’t play by anybody’s rules
With your carousel of horses
And your unforeseen forces
You’re running with the
Caravan of Fools

Caravan of Fools
Caravan of Fools
You’re running with the
Caravan of Fools
Track Name: The Lonesome Friends of Science
The lonesome friends of science say
The world will end most any day
Well, if it does then that’s OK
‘Cause I don’t live here anyway
I live down deep inside my head
Where long ago I made my bed
I get my mail in Tennessee
My wife, my dog and my family
Uh huh

Now, poor old planet Pluto now
He never stood a chance no how
When he got uninvited to
The interplanetary dance
Once a mighty planet there
Now just an ordinary star
Hanging out in Hollywood
In some old funky sushi bar

The lonesome friends of science say
The world will end most any day
Well, if it does then that’s OK
‘Cause I don’t live here anyway
I live down deep inside my head
Where long ago I made my bed
I get my mail in Tennessee
My wife, my dog, and my kids and me
Uh huh

The Vulcan lives in Birmingham
Sometimes he just don’t give a dam (damn?)
His head is full of Bumble Bees
His pride hangs down below his knees
Venus left him long ago
For a guy named Mars from Idaho
The Vulcan sent a wedding gift
A 3 legged stool and wheelchair lift
Uh huh

The lonesome friends of science say
This world will end most any day
Well, if it does then that’s OK
‘Cause I don’t live here anyway
I live down deep inside my head
Where long ago I made my bed
I get my mail in Tennessee
My wife, my dog, my kids and me
Uh huh, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh

Those bastards in their white lab coats
Who experiment with Mountain Goats
Should leave the Universe alone
It’s not their business… not their home
I go to sleep and it never rains
My dog predicts hurricanes
She can smell a storm a mile away
That’s all the news we have today
Uh huh

The lonesome friends of science say
The world will end most any day
Well, if it does then that’s OK
‘Cause I don’t live here anyway
I live down deep inside my head
Where long ago I made my bed
I get my mail in Tennessee
My wife, my dog, my kids and me
Uh huh, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh
Track Name: No Ordinary Blue
Last night
Turned on the TV
Looked out the window
Then pulled down the shade
And I came to the conclusion
My mind cannot be made

She said
What were you thinking
I was just wonderin’
Was it something that I did
I said it’s nothing just something
I picked up as a kid

I hear a lot of empty spaces
I see a big hole in you
I feel an outline that traces
An imaginary path back to you
This ain’t no ordinary blue

Last night for a split sec
I was a train wreck
I was a complicated guy
I hope we don’t find
That it’s the last time
We ever say goodbye

The orange moon is a risin’
On the horizon
Of the outskirts of my mind
I sat and listened
As it glistened
It said leave the past behind

I hear a lot of empty spaces
I see a big hole in you
I feel an outline that traces
An imaginary path back to you
This ain’t no ordinary blue

Too cold to hold
Too deep to swim through
Too cold to hold
Too deep to swim through

Last night
Turned on the TV
Looked out the window
And then pulled down the shade…
Track Name: Boundless Love
I woke up this morning
To a garbage truck
Looks like this old horseshoe’s
Done run outta luck
If I came home
Would you let me in
Fry me some pork chops
And forgive my sin

Surround me with your boundless love
Confound me with your boundless love
I was drowning in a sea
Lost as I could be
When you found me
With your boundless love

Sometimes my old heart
Is like a washing machine
It bounces around
‘Til my Soul comes clean
And when I’m clean
And hung out to dry
I’m gonna make you laugh
Until you cry

Surround me with your boundless love
Confound me with your boundless love
I was drowning in a sea
Lost as I could be
When you found me
With your boundless love

If by chance
I should find myself at risk
Of falling from
This jagged cliff
I look below
And I look above
I’m surrounded
By your
Boundless love

Surround me with your boundless love
Confound me with your boundless love
I was drowning in a sea
Lost as I could be
When you found me
With your boundless love

You dumbfound me with your boundless love
You surround me
With your boundless love
Track Name: God Only Knows
God only knows
The price that you pay
For the ones you hurt
Along the way
And if I should betray
Myself today
Then God only knows
The price I pay

God only knows
God only knows

God only knows
The way that I feel
Is only a part of
The way I feel
If I can’t reveal
The way that I feel
Then God only knows
The way I feel

God only knows
God only knows

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my Soul to take

Oh, God only knows
God only knows
God only knows
God only knows

God only knows when I’m not true
To the things I say
And the things I do
And if I can’t be true
To the things that I do
Then God only knows
The way I feel

God only knows
God only knows
God only knows
God only knows
Track Name: When I Get To Heaven
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 and Roll band
Check into a swell hotel
Ain’t the ‘Afterlife’ grand!

And then I’m gonna get a cocktail
Vodka and Ginger Ale
Yeah, I’m gonna smoke a cigarette
That’s nine miles long
I’m gonna kiss that pretty girl
On the Tilt a Whirl
‘Cause this old man is going to town.

Then as God is my witness
I’m getting back into show business
I’m gonna open up a nightclub called
‘The Tree of Forgiveness’
And forgive everbody
Ever done me any harm
I might invite a few choice critics
Those syphilitic parasitics
Buy ‘em a pint of Smithwicks
And smother them with my charm

‘Cause then I’m gonna get a cocktail
Vodka and Ginger Ale
Yeah, I’m gonna smoke a cigarette
That’s nine miles long
I’m gonna kiss that pretty girl
On the Tilt a Whirl
Yeah this old man is going to town

Yeah when I get to Heaven
I’m gonna take
That wristwatch off my arm
What are you gonna do with time
After you’ve bought the farm

Then I’m gonna go find my Mom and Dad
And good old brother Doug
I’ll bet him and cousin Jackie
Are still cuttin’ up a rug
I wanna see all my Mama’s sisters
‘Cause that’s where all the love starts
I miss ‘em all like crazy
Bless their little hearts
And I always will remember
These words my Daddy said,
He said, “Buddy, when you’re dead
You’re a dead peckerhead”
I hope to prove him wrong
That is… when I get to Heaven

‘Cause I’m gonna have a cocktail
Vodka and Ginger Ale
Gonna smoke a cigarette
That’s nine miles long
I’m gonna kiss that pretty girl
On the Tilt a Whirl
Yeah this old man is going to town
Yeah this old man is going to town

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