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Picture Show
by John Prine

A young man from a small town
With a very large imagination
Lay alone in his room with his radio on
Looking for another station
When the static from the mouthpiece
Gave way to the sound below
James Dean went out to Hollywood
And put his picture in a Picture Show.
James Dean went out to Hollywood
And put his picture in a Picture Show.

[Chorus]
And it's oh Daddy get off of your knees
Mamma why'd you have to go
Your darling Jim is out a limb
I put my picture in a Picture Show
Whoa ho! Put my picture in a Picture Show

Hamburgers cheeseburgers
Wilbur and Orville Wright
John Garfield in the afternoon
Montgomery Clift at night
When the static hit the mouthpiece
Gave way to the sound below
James Dean went out to Hollywood
And put his picture in a picture show.

[Chorus]

A Mocca man in a wigwam sitting on a Reservation.
With a big black hole in the belly of his soul
Waiting on an explanation
While the white man sits on his fat can
And takes pictures of the Navajo
Every time he clicks his Kodak pics
He steals a little bit of soul.
Every time he clicks his Kodak pics
He steals a little bit of soul.

[Chorus]

Yie Hi! Put my picture in a picture show
Here we go!
A young man from a small town
With a very large imagination

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
Written by: PRINE

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Joe Morgan

Rest In Peace, John. Here’s hoping you and Tom are jamming in heaven.

Amy Reyes

Joe Morgan I’m picturing a big jam session with them two, bb king, prince, and then Gary shandling jumps in for the fun of it. Always looking for a good time.

James Mcanally

I second that all of that buddy

William Fowler

So hard to believe they are both gone, but they will always be here in our hearts

Lilly Dorritt

Life cannot get any sweeter than a few minutes of being able to listen to John Prine and Tom Petty together making music. I am so often so deeply grateful to YouTube and to live in times when there is YouTube! It allows us to hear and see John Prine, Tom Petty and so many others who just beloved.... and I'm so grateful to live in times when those folks were making music, too.

Mark Linder

Amen to that

Albert Ransom

Lilly Dorritt I’m 71 years old I’ve been listening to John Brown when I was young awesome senior storyteller

Michele C-F

Me too, well said.

デビッドソンイアン

Just looked up John Prine after I saw he died. Listened to his essentials and time stopped. I've met my best friend after he died.

whitey g

John Prine was the artist's artist. Everyone wanted to sing with John or sing his songs. I have a feeling now that he's passed on his music will be rediscovered.

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