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The Tree of Forgiveness

by John Prine

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Summer's End 03:29
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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…
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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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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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