Hello In There
John Prine Lyrics


We had an apartment in the city
Me and Loretta liked living there
Well, it'd been years since the kids had grown
A life of their own, left us alone
John and Linda live in Omaha
And Joe is somewhere on the road
We lost Davy in the Korean war
And I still don't know what for, don't matter anymore

You know that old trees just grow stronger
And old rivers grow wilder every day
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello"

Me and Loretta, we don't talk much more
She sits and stares through the back door screen
And all the news just repeats itself
Like some forgotten dream that we've both seen
Someday I'll go and call up Rudy
We worked together at the factory
But what could I say if he asks "What's new?"
"Nothing, what's with you? Nothing much to do"

You know that old trees just grow stronger
And old rivers grow wilder every day
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello"

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

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John Prine

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Mitch Rath

I'm only one of hundreds of thousands whose heart is broken by John Prine's fight for his life, to y'all from a fellow fan:


"If by chance I should find myself at risk
A-falling from this jagged cliff
I look below, and I look above
I'm surrounded by your boundless love
Surround me with your boundless love
Confound me with your boundless love
I was drowning in the sea, lost as I could be
When you found me with your boundless love
You dumbfound me with your boundless love
You surround me with your boundless love"



All comments from YouTube:

joe blow

Right now im stitting back eyes closed listening to this with a PBR in my hand , i raise a toast to you my friend and anyone who reads this give me a like so i know you said hello in there , RIP John greatest story/ songwriter ever

Jason Ferguson

Full heartedly agree .. so great. Hello in there!!

Susan Larson

Hello in there. Youll always be in our hearts. RIP John. We all live you.

Charlie Sochko

Old trees just grow stronger........

Ed Anderson

Hello. You have one for me, I'll have one for you.

Lawrence Cisek

PBR is life.....John Prine is (RIP) the story teller of that life.

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Angela Romero

Makes me cry every time. "Hello in there, hello". Be kind. That is all.

Aaron Whan

It's one of the saddest songs I've ever heard

Michelle Fowler

For God's sake, kindness comes so easily. Be nice. Mwah

joemikejake

That time will come for us all... and we'll wish someone would say, "Hello in there." I think Mr. Prine captured the feeling of being alone and old at the same time.

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