I never thought I could be a journalist or novelist or anything, I just had a wild imagination and songwriting gave me enough rope to run with it. John Prine was born the third of four children on October 10,and grew up in a Chicago suburb.
Recording[ edit ] Prine was offered a recording contract by Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records after the record executive saw the singer perform several of his own songs at a Kris Kristofferson show at the Bitter End.
Produced by Arif Mardinwho had previously collaborated with the likes of Aretha Franklin and King CurtisPrine found his new studio surroundings intimidating.
In the Great Days: The John Prine Anthology liner notes he admits, "I was terrified. Prine came off like a folk poet. The song does not mention the Vietnam War, saying only that Sam returned from "serving in the conflict overseas.
Prine wrote "Paradise" for his father, recalling the devastating impact of strip mining for coal, whereby the top of the mountain is blasted off with dynamite to reach the coal seam below.
The song is also about what happened to the area around the Green River in Kentucky because of the strip mining. The song has become a bluegrass standard, with Prine telling Jasper Rees of theArtsdesk.
And some of the patients would kind of pretend that you were a grandchild or nephew that had come to visit, instead of the guy delivering papers. That always stuck in my head. It was all that stuff together, along with that pretty melody.
Nothing in it wears on me.
It was more about how, ever since I was a child, I had this view of the world where I can find myself smiling at stuff nobody else was smiling at.
I had this really vivid picture of this woman standing over the dishwater with soap in her hands She wanted to get out of her house and her marriage and everything. She just wanted an angel to come to take her away from all this. His brothers pushed him around a lot, and his mother generally ignored him.
Years later as a teenager, still in trouble, he ended up in Juvenile Court and the prosecutor decided to tell my friend that his father was his father, but his mother was his oldest sister. No wonder he was always in trouble. We were raised close to a junkyard and one of my favorite pastimes was playing in the junkyard breaking bottles.
The kids always commented that the fragments of glass looked just like a field of diamonds. The majority of my songs are written from life experiences and a lot of times there is not any symbolism but just words that take me to another place and time.
Prine admitted that he had never sat on a bale of straw in his life and joked that the photographer probably "saw the hick in me trying to get out.Sam Stone by John Prine song meaning, lyric interpretation, video and chart position. Aug 28, · #PLEASE NOTE# #This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the # #song.
You may only use this4/5(19). Mar 09, · Chris Tomlin, king of the sing-along. By Eric Marrapodi and Tom Foreman, CNN Follow @EricCNNBelief Follow @tomforemancnn. sam stone. you apparently think that YOUR personal experiences apply to us.
how is that not arrogant? follow john prines advice and learn to find jesus (or god, allah, buddha etc) on YOUR OWN!!!. Legendary songwriter John Prine tells the stories behind such classics as "Sam Stone," Hello In There," "Paradise," "Dear Abby," and more.
Sam Stone came home, To his wife and family After serving in the conflict overseas. And the time that he served, Had shattered all his nerves, And left a little shrapnel in his knee. What does John Prine's song Sam Stone mean? We have the answer.