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John Prine

Storm Windows

(# 144 top pop album)

Asylum E6-286
Aug / 1980

Produced by Barry Beckett

Cover image of Storm Windows

1.

Shop Talk

John Prine - John Burns

© Big Ears Music, ASCAP / Bruised Oranges, ASCAP

I seen you in your pajamas drinking coffee at the House of Pies
You was flipping for the check and talking like your tongue was paralyzed
You were saying something that I don't understand
Bout looking other places while you're holding my hand
Let's stop let's not talk shop
In front of all these guys

Let's not talk shop
Shop talk
Shop talk is talking something
That you don't realize

Loose lips sink ships shake hips bad tips draw spies
I want you when I can get you but you only want me on the rise
Well I thought I had your number but your number's too loud
Now you're standing on the table and we're drawing a crowd

Let's stop
Let's not
Talk shop
In front of all these spies

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2.

Living In The Future

John Prine

© Big Ears Music, ASCAP / Bruised Oranges, ASCAP

Jehosaphat the mongrel cat
Jumped off the roof today
Some would say he fell but I could tell
He did himself away
His eyes weren't bright like they were the night
We played checkers on the train
God Bless his soul he was a tootsie roll
But he's a dead cat just the same

We are living in the future
I'll tell you how I know
I read it in the paper
Fifteen years ago
We're all driving rocket ships
And talking with our minds
And wearing turquoise jewelry
And standing in soup lines
We are standing in soup lines

Jake the barber's lonely daughter
Went down to her daddy's shop
She plugged herself to a barber pole
And took a little off the top
Pressure on the left. Pressure on the right
Pressure in the middle of the hole
I'm goin' to Maine on a forty foot crane
I'm gonna use it for a fishin' pole

We are living in the future
I'll tell you how I know
I read it in the paper
Fifteen years ago
We're all driving rocket ships
And talking with our minds
And wearing turquoise jewelry
And standing in soup lines
We are standing in soup lines

Old Sarah Brown sells tickets down
At the all night picture show
Where they grind out sex
And they rate it with an X
Just to make a young man's pants grow
No tops no bottoms just hands and feet
Screaming the posters out on the street
Strangling the curious and the weak
We give 'em what they want to see-o

We are living in the future
I'll tell you how I know
I read it in the paper
Fifteen years ago
We're all driving rocket ships
And talking with our minds
And wearing turquoise jewelry
And standing in soup lines
We are standing in soup lines

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3.

It's Happening To You

John Prine - John Burns

© Big Ears Music, ASCAP / Bruised Oranges, ASCAP

Well it's the same old song
Boy meets girl and girl meets boy
They carry on they close their eyes
And kiss until the world is gone
Oh yes it's true it's happening to you

You know what they say
They pledge their love forever then they add a day
They hold their hands so tight in the fear that one might stray
Oh yes it's true it's happening to you

I loved her she loved me too
We had a lot of love now it's all through

And for a while
Their hearts beat one
As they match each other
Smile for smile
They dance away the night
As they praise
The others style
Oh yes it's true
It's happening to you

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4.

Sleepy Eyed Boy

John Prine

© Big Ears Music, ASCAP / Bruised Oranges, ASCAP

Where are the boot straps
To lift myself up
Where is the well
Where I once filled my cup
Where does this sorrow
All turn into joy
And where oh where is the sleepy eyed boy

Where is my true love
When the wind starts to moan
Is she out in the wild
Is she there all alone
Have I cast her aside
Like an unwanted toy
Tell me where oh where is the sleepy eyed boy

He's goin' down the backroads
In a cold pourin' rain
He's a waitin' for a postcard
In the south coast of Spain
Postmarked from a sweetheart
Back in ol' Illinois
Sayin' where oh where is my sleepy eyed boy

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5.

All Night Blue

Ava Aldridge - Cindy Richardson

© Muscle Schoals Sound, BMI / Peer Music, BMI

You've got a life somewhere without me
I've gone on without you
It hasn't been easy getting used to
Being lonely and tonight is an all night blue
And I wonder how you look and who looks at you
In your nightgown
I can almost feel your body
Your warm and loving body when I lay down

It's an all night blue
Remembering you
It's an all night blue
Wondering who's loving you all night

Well it hurts me to see that you're
Happy without me cause I still need you
I just drank up my heart
Set it empty on the table cause I
Ain't got nothing better to do
Still I wonder how you look and
Who looks at you every morning
I can still feel your warm breath
You kissing me on the chest
I'm just dreaming

It's an all night blue...

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6.

Just Wanna Be With You

John Prine

© Big Ears Music, ASCAP / Bruised Oranges, ASCAP

I got an airplane ticket
And my shirt is stickin' out of my jeans
You got me painted in the corner
Where I'm livin' way beyond my means
Outside my window
A bird once flew
Now I don't even care
What kind of gum I chew
And oh baby
I just wanna be with you

Well I don't wanna wash the dishes
But I'm wishin' I could wash my hair
You been on my mind so long
You must livin' up there
Well it's up to the circus
And down to the zoo
The monkey's lookin' at me
Like I'm lookin' at you
And oh baby
I just wanna be with you

I don't wanna go to London
To visit the Queen
She don't like my english
If you know what I mean
Don't wanna walk around
Like I got nothin' to do
Uh uh baby wanna be with you
Uh uh baby wanna be with you

Well I was cleaning out my wallet
While I'm sittin' on my livin' room rug
I was lookin' at the numbers of the women
That I thought I dug
There was one that begged
One that teased
One God blessed me
Every time I sneezed
But oh baby
I just wanna be with you

I wanna be with you
When there ain't no love
When the banks all close
With the stars above
Lonely won't be lonesome
When we get through
And uh uh baby wanna be with you
Uh uh baby wanna be with you

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7.

Storm Windows

John Prine

© Big Ears Music, ASCAP / Bruised Oranges, ASCAP

I can hear the wheels of the automobiles
So far away just moving along through the drifting snow
It's times like these when the temperatures freeze
I sit alone just looking at the world through a storm window
And down on the beach - the sandman sleeps
Time don't fly it bounds and leaps
And a country band that plays for keeps
They play it so slow

Don't let your baby down
Don't let your baby down
Don't let your baby down

Well the spirits were high till the well went dry
For so long the raven at my window was only a crow
I bought the rights to the inside fights
And watched a man just beating his hand against a storm window
While miles away o'er hills and streams
A candle burns a witch's dreams
And silence is golden till it screams
Right through your bones

Don't let your baby down
Don't let your baby down
Don't let your baby down

Storm windows gee but I'm getting old
Storm window keep away the cold
Don't let your baby down
Don't let your baby down
Don't let your baby down

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8.

Baby Ruth

Johnny Wyker

© Embassy Music, BMI / Chrysalis One Songs, BMI

Well it's sure good to see you
But my how you've changed
Since the last time I saw you
Girl you've been rearranged
I always said your people
Were just like my kin
When I was down and out
They would always take me in

Oh I love you my Baby Ruth
Never lie to you
I only tell the truth
Oh I love you since you were a child
Every time I see you girl
You always raise a smile

I was living out on the highway
You didn't turn me out
I lived in your closet
And you fed me by mouth
My boots were my pillow
Wrapped under my head
I kept all my stuff
Stashed out under your bed

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9.

One Red Rose

John Prine

© Big Ears Music, ASCAP / Bruised Oranges, ASCAP

The rain came down
On the tin roof
Hardly
A sound was left
From the birthday party
The kitchen light
Fell asleep
On the bedroom floor
Me and her were talking softer
Than all the time
Before I lost her
Picture sat on top
Of the chest of drawers

One red rose
In the Bible
Pressed between
The Holy alphabet
Probably wouldn't believe you
If you told me
But what I never knew
I never will forget

Rainy nites
Get dark real early
Her dress was soft
And her hair was curly
We danced around the table
To the old banjo
Rainy nites
Were made for lovers
We lay there still
Beneath the covers
And I ain't never felt
Like that before

One red rose
In the Bible
Pressed between
The Holy alphabet
Probably wouldn't believe you
If you told me
But what I never knew
I never will forget

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10.

I Had A Dream

John Prine

© Big Ears Music, ASCAP / Bruised Oranges, ASCAP

I had a dream last night
Last night I had a dream
Everything was black and white
And it smelled like gasoline
We stood in the corner
And I held you tight
I kissed your mouth
Till my head got light
Last night when I had a dream

I had a dream last night
Last night I had a dream
Birds were flying left and right
Thru the light of a movie screen
Everyone was looking
For something to do
I even thought
I had a chance with you
Last night when I had a dream

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