Monday, May 2, 2016

Ten Underrated John Prine Gems

As familiar as a Cracker Barrel rocking chair. As satisfying as an extra-long back scratcher. That would be John Prine.  And for nearly 50 years, John has been trying to connect the dot-to-dots of life in song. And he reminds us, with a gentle hand, that feelings are never cheap. Lives are never simple. And a smile goes a long, long way.

He's as rare as honesty.  An American treasure, for sure.   He's the "Ferris Bueller" of singer-songwriters.  And though John would be the last one to admit it...he's a righteous dude.

This list could easily be filled with another ten songs. And another.  And yet, another still.
But for today...


"You'll be waitin' on a phone call
at the wrong end of a broom."
"Crazy As A Loon" / "Fair & Square" (2005)

"One red rose in the Bible
pressed between the Holy alphabet."
"One Red Rose" / "Storm Windows" (1980)

"But youth is a costume
And the beauty within lies unfurled."
"The Oldest Baby In The World" / "Aimless Love" (1984)

"You come home late and you come home early.
You come on big when you're feeling small.
You come home straight and you come home curly.
Sometimes you don't come home at all."
"Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" / "German Afternoons" (1986)

"Ain't it funny how an old broken bottle
looks just like a diamond ring?"
"Far From Me" / "John Prine" (1971)

"Things shut down at midnight
at least around here they do.
Cause we all reside down the block
inside at....23 Skidoo."
"Jesus the Missing Years" / "The Missing Years" (1991)  

"Your daddy never, meant to hurt you ever.
He just don't live here, but you've got his eyes."
"Unwed Fathers" /"Aimless Love" (1984)

"Ahh baby, we gotta go now."
"Lake Marie" / "Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings" (1995)

"Shoot the moon
right between the eyes, I'm screaming
take me back to sunny country side."
"Clocks and Spoons" / "Diamonds in the Rough" (1972)

"Mind all your manners
Be quiet as a mouse
Some day you'll own a home
that's as big as a house."
"It's a Big Old Goofy World" / "The Missing Years" (1991)

"I felt about as welcome
as a Wal-Mart Superstore."
"Taking a Walk" / "Fair & Square" (2005)

The TCCDM John Prine Interview

I suggest you go out and buy all the John Prine records you can find.

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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