This Man is Going to Town…RIP John Prine



One of my husband’s favorite songs and one that made it to our wedding mix was John Prine and Iris DeMent “In Spite of Ourselves” (this picturer above is from us dancing on the beach after tying the knot). But as we say goodbye to this music legend, I instantly thought of his song, “When I Get to Heaven” and it made me all weepy. Life is short and this loss has truly made my husband and I really think about what we want next in our lives, what is truly most important and what we can leave by the wayside. Here is the song and I’ve included the lyrics as well so you can see what I mean…


When I get to heaven, I’m gonna shake God’s hand Thank him for more blessings than one man can stand Then I’m gonna get a guitar and start a rock-n-roll band Check into a swell hotel; ain’t the afterlife grand? And then I’m gonna get a cocktail: vodka and ginger ale Yeah, I’m gonna smoke a cigarette that’s nine miles long I’m gonna kiss that pretty girl on the tilt-a-whirl ‘Cause this old man is goin’ to town Then as God as my witness, I’m gettin’ back into showbusiness I’m gonna open up a nightclub called “The Tree of Forgiveness” And forgive everybody ever done me any harm Well, I might even invite a few choice critics, those syph’litic parasitics Buy ’em a pint of [?] and smother ’em with my charm ‘Cause then I’m gonna get a cocktail: vodka and ginger ale Yeah I’m gonna smoke a cigarette that’s nine miles long I’m gonna kiss that pretty girl on the tilt-a-whirl Yeah this old man is goin’ to town Yeah when I get to heaven, I’m gonna take that wristwatch off my arm What are you gonna do with time after you’ve bought the farm? And them I’m gonna go find my mom and dad, and good old brother Doug Well I bet him and cousin Jackie are still cuttin’ up a rug I wanna see all my mama’s sisters, ’cause that’s where all the love starts I miss ’em all like crazy, bless their little hearts And I always will remember these words my daddy said He said, “Buddy, when you’re dead, you’re a dead pecker-head” I hope to prove him wrong, that is, when I get to heaven ‘Cause I’m gonna have a cocktail: vodka and ginger ale Yeah I’m gonna smoke a cigarette that’s nine miles long I’m gonna kiss that pretty girl on the tilt-a-whirl Yeah this old man is goin’ to town Yeah this old man is goin’ to town

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