The tune is a sweet, sentimental waltz; the lyrics manage to be both funny LP) wildly evocative. John had been with him earlier that day. Just like he did with every trauma in his life, John wrote about it.
On this upbeat stomper off Bruised Orangehis excellent, undersung third album, Prine combines snapshots from various different chapters of his life — from his first job working at a local drive-in to his army days — and strings them together with a chorus about the importance of forgiveness.
The song is full of hilarious observations pulled straight from real life. Not a literary masterpiece, just a compact, easygoing tune that seems to effortlessly sum up the life cycle of a relationship from first kiss to last goodbye with a perfect mix of matter-of-fact honesty and genuine wonder at the cheesy depth of the ritual.
Prine LP) this tale of the double standards facing a single pregnant mother with legendary Nashville songwriter Bobby Braddock in the early eighties.
We kind of combined them and went right into it. Written in the aftermath of LP) bad relationship, this ballad is John Prine at his most romantically destitute. Leave it to John Prine to turn an account of his divorce from second wife Rachel Peer into one of his most big-hearted moments, the tale of a broken heart healing itself through compassion.
So what was Jesus up to during that time? He traveled to France and Spain, he got into some trouble with the cops, he grew his hair out, saw Rebel Without a Causeand invented Santa Claus.
Sung with Iris Dement, this he-said, she-said duet is a portrait of a long-term relationship as only Prine could write it: warm, richly detailed, and funny as hell. As a songwriter who radiated kindness, generosity and humanity, Prine brings a unique sense of dispirited unbelief Daddy Wrote You Letters. - Pearly Gate Music - Pearly Gate Music (Vinyl this brokenhearted yet mordantly funny takedown of Republican ideology in the Bush years, released at the height of the Iraq War.
One of the standouts is this gorgeous ballad, written with Keith Sykes, where Prine looks back on the good times of a relationship while hinting that darkness is around the corner. The lyrics address a lover about to leave him alone at home for the week. Prine opens the song with the image of swimsuits drying on a clothesline, before spinning the idea of a summer coming to a close into a metaphor for fast-approaching mortality.
Prine pledges to open up a nightclub called the Tree of Forgiveness in the afterlife. Prine in Here are 25 of his best. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter.
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