When I die let my ashes float down the Green River

I had several songs in mind when I set out pedaling today, but this one kept coming back to me over and over again. Last night my buddy Steve and I (he’s on the east coast, but we’ve been causing trouble together since our rooms were across the hall from each other in the dorm during our freshman year in college) held a long-distance mini-wake for the late, great John Prine. This song seemed appropriate for the occasion.

The bike ride is at Bill Bikes

This much newer song, after cancer surgery destroyed his jaw, also seems appropriate.

They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

3 response to "When I die let my ashes float down the Green River"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: April 9, 2020

    I did not know the 9-mile long cigarette song (When I Get to Heaven) until now. Thanks for posting it. It’s a typically clever John Prine song. I really like “Paradise” too. In fact every single song on that first album is post-able. What a classic.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 9, 2020

      Yeah, every song on his first album was a sly, catchy, thoughtful, singable, can’t-get-it-out-of-my-head slice of Americana before we even new that was a musical genre.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: April 10, 2020

    I have heard so many people over the years, from coffee houses to larger concerts, cover Paradise. For a long time, I did not know it was his – so many people covered it, that to me, it was like Amazing Grace… just a song everyone knows. In my teens, if asked who wrote it, I would have guessed Woody Guthrie. I have a subscription to the NY Times and they have been featuring the stories of a bunch of people in NY who have done amazing things that have died from the virus, including John Prine.

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