#02746
Hello In There (John Prine) video
#1228: YouTube video by TheEdMulrooneyShow
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

Had an apartment in the city,
Me and Loretta liked living there;
It's been years since the kids had grown,
Life of their own, left us alone.
John and Linda live in Omaha,
Joe is somewhere on the road;
We lost Davy in the Korean War,
I still don't know what for,
doesn't matter anymore.

Ya' know old trees just grow stronger,
Old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day;
But old people just grow lonely,
Waitin' for someone to say,
"Hello in there... Hello."

Me and Loretta, we don't talk much more,
She sits and stares out the back door screen;
And the news it just repeats itself,
Like some forgotten dream that we both dreamed.
Maybe I'll go and call up Rudy,
We worked together at the factory;
What'll I say if he asks, "What's new?"
"Ah, nothing. What's with you?
Nothing much to do."

Ya' know old trees just grow stronger,
Old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day;
But old people just grow lonely,
Waitin' for someone to say,
"Hello in there... Hello."

So if you're walking down the street sometime,
And you spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don't pass 'em by and stare,
As if you didn't care.
Say, "Hello in there... Hello."

####.... John Prine [b.1946] of Maywood, Illinois (John Prine, trk#3, 1971, Atlantic Records, New York, NY, recorded at American Recording Studios, Memphis, Tennessee and published by Cotillion, BMI ....####
The video above features an excellent performance of a variant by Ed Mulrooney of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.

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