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When I Get To Heaven

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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

credits

from The Tree of Forgiveness, released April 13, 2018
John Prine: acoustic guitar, lead vocals, kazoo, and claps
Jason Wilber: electric guitar
Jason Isbell: slide guitar and background vocals
Dave Cobb: acoustic guitar, kazoo, and claps
Dave Jacques: bass
Ken Blevins: rack tom
Mike Webb: piano
Brandi Carlile: background vocals, kazoo, and claps
Pat McLaughlin: background vocals
Amanda Shires: background vocals
Fiona Prine: kazoo and claps
Josh Newman: kazoo and claps
Jody Whelan: kazoo and claps
John Whelan: laughter

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John Prine Nashville

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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