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Hello in There/ John Prine

Updated on December 21, 2010
John Prine
John Prine

Hello in There.....Hello

Tonight I'm going to see John Prine so I was just in the mood to convey an important message from him that I'll be enjoying tonight at the show. If you like the words go check out the music, I think you'll like him.                                                                                                                  We had an apartment in the city,
Me and Loretta liked living there.
Well, it'd been years since the kids had grown,
A life of their own left us alone.
John and Linda live in Omaha,
And Joe is somewhere on the road.
We lost Davy in the Korean war,
And I still don't know what for, don't matter anymore.

Ya' know that old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day.
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello."

Me and Loretta, we don't talk much more,
She sits and stares through the back door screen.
And all the news just repeats itself
Like some forgotten dream that we've both seen.
Someday I'll go and call up Rudy,
We worked together at the factory.
But what could I say if asks "What's new?"
"Nothing, what's with you? Nothing much to do."

So if you're walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don't just pass 'em by and stare
As if you didn't care, say, "Hello in there, hello."
As always I wish you Peace, I wish you happiness!


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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Never heard of him till now. The lyrics seem to come from a very special place.Will certainly investigate more

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Hi Tony, I really did grow up listening to John and still find peace in his words. I'm glad you like him and I'm always happy to turn folks on to music they're not familiar with. Peace!! Tom

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Wonderful, wonderful words. Just went to YouTube to check him out. Grateful for the intro as I'd never heard of his before. Going to head on over to Ralph Deeds as I notived he has a piece on John Prine also!

      Love and peace


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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Hello in there Dar! There's a lot of love inside there, I know it and see it! Peace and Love girlfriend!! Tom

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Yo Micky Dee, it was killer, as always. No pics, they won't let folks bring cameras in to shows anymore and I can't settle for those phone pics. We love you too brother!! Justin and Tom

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Yo! I knew you were going to see my man! I hope you took some pics and said howdy to him. I love you that and that Justin! God bless Tom!

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hey boyfriend, you haven't said that to me lately, gee I just stair out the window waiting for something to happen and I was wonder what was inside there, you know deep inside me, um maybe you can find out. Really a great hub, love it and enjoyed it. Love & lots of hugs, darski rate up

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Wesman Todd, you got it man. I had a feeling you'd know this guy. He did that song too last night, it's about his grandpa. I know what you mean about old folks, shit I ought to I am one now. I try all the time to be friendly to old folks and kids and the ones in between on a case by case basis:-) Thanks for checking out the hub, Peace!!

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Hey Vern, yeah, I knew you'd like this song. I loved the show and yes he did sing that song! I closed my eyes and was just still and when I opened them there were tears. It happens every time. It's what I love about his shows! Peace and warmth Vern :-)

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Hey Merle Ann, it was a great time. I got to see a couple of friends that I don't get to see much anymore and got to see my old friend John Prine, who was, as usual at his singing and storytelling best. As always too he made me laugh and broke me down. Wish you could've been there, you would have loved it! Peace and Love-Tom

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I think it was he who did "Grandpa Was A Carpenter," witty storyteller her is.

      Repaired a gas furnace at an assisted living center in town a week or so ago. The guy in one of the little bitty apartments there couldn't have been over 55 - but it was obvious that he wasn't in good health. Man, that guy really wanted to talk. After the repairs were made I stood there and rattled with him till my boss came looking for me.

      I think that because the boomers are all headed towards retirement, and the increase in life span that the elderly should now get more attention and respect.

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      Vernon Bradley 7 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      Hi Tom

      You have prompted me to watch him sing this song on Utube but this is the first time I have read and understood all the words and now it all makes sense, some of your comments on some of my blogs. A GREAT song. Hope you enjoyed the concert and hope he sang this song just for you.


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      Merle Ann Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Have a great time...then give us a report...:O) Hugs G-Ma/Merle Ann