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John Prine: Fair & Square


Basher
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I just picked up John Prine's new CD, Fair & Square. He played a lot of these songs when he last visited Toronto, and it brings back great memories. This is a must have! FYI, this CD is $12.99 at Future Shop and if you order online delivery is free!

My favourite lyrics come from "Some Humans Ain't Human":

Some humans ain't human

Some people ain't kind

You open up their hearts

And here's what you'll find

A few frozen pizzas

Some ice cubes with hair

A broken Popsicle

You don't want to go there

Some humans ain't human

Though they walk like we do

They live and they breathe

Just to turn the old screw

They screw you when you're sleeping

They try to screw you blind

Some humans ain't human

Some people ain't kind

You might go to church

And sit down in a pew

Those humans who ain't human

Could be sittin' right next to you

They talk about your family

They talk about your clothes

When they don't know their own ass

From their own elbows

Jealousy and stupidity

Don't equal harmony

Jealousy and stupidity

Don't equal harmony

Spoken:

Have you ever noticed

When you're feeling really good

There's always a pigeon

That'll come shit on your hood

Or you're feeling your freedom

And the world's off your back

Some cowboy from Texas

Starts his own war in Iraq

Some humans ain't human

Some people ain't kind

They lie through their teeth

With their head up their behind

You open up their hearts

And here's what you'll find

Some humans ain't human

Some people ain't kind

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I am really looking forward to his show in Vancouver. I saw him a couple of years ago, and he ranks with some of my all-time favourite performers live.

(Although I normally don't really care, in this case I'm pretty excited about scoring 9th-row tickets. Woo hoo!)

His stage-banter reminds me of a somewhat-surly Arlo Guthrie.

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wow, thanks Basher - gonna order it immediately. we had quite a few old Prine tunes dusted off and brought out during the all-night campfire jams after the CJ boat cruise last Sat.

never seen him live, but it is amazing the connection a person makes to discovering music, eh? We FIRST heard Prine in Japan, of all places, (while teaching there) and hooking up with some Amercian Deadheads!!

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