Written by Beckett Glass (News Writer)
John Prine born on October 10, 1946, and died April 7, 2020, due to COVID-19. John Prine started as a mailman and would write songs while walking his route, one night he did an open mic and sang one of his songs where he was discovered by Roger Elbert and Kris Kristofferson. Since then Prine has become one of the best songwriters of the century. His interesting songwriting approach often used humor to talk about political problems such as war or the loneliness of the elderly.
John Prine was drafted into the army in 1966 during the Bloodiest point of the Vietnam War but got lucky and was sent to West Germany as a mechanic. After his term of service ended he went back to Chicago and became a mailman and he would write songs while on his route.
Some of his most famous songs have had a humorous element and political element such as “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore.” Which has the line “I stuck them stickers all over my car, and one on my wife’s forehead.” The topic of the song is protesting against war.
He delivered songs of war such as “Sam Stone” a song about a Vietnam war veteran who came back shattered from the horrors of war and turned to morphine, like many veterans of the Vietnam war not knowing what their friends died for or why they fought. The song has the line “There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes. Jesus Christ died for nothing I suppose.” Depicting a scene that is all too familiar to many, depicting how Sam Stone could not keep his job or help his family. The song shows the horrors that many face.
His song “Hello In There” tells the story of an elderly couple who live in the city. The line “We lost Davy in the Korean War and I still don’t know what for, don’t matter anymore.” As one of John Prine’s most moving lyrics, it demonstrates the first-hand experience of the cold war. The song ends by telling the listener if you see an old person as you walk by “Please don’t just pass ’em by and stare, as if you didn’t care, say, ‘Hello in there, hello'”
He has won two Grammys for Best Contemporary folk album and one for the Lifetime achievement award. He has also performed at the Library of Congress and has been inducted into the Songwriters hall of fame.
John Prine has given the world a great era of songwriting. From 1971 to 2020 John Prine delivered the best song-writing the world had to offer to people everywhere. His songs delivered messages in beautiful guitar playing and Songwriting. Thanks to John Prine for all he has given to the world.