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John Prine – Grandpa Was A Carpenter lyrics

Grandpa wore his suit to dinner
Nearly every day
No particular reason
He just dressed that way
Brown necktie and a matching vest
And both his wingtip shoes
He built a closet on our back porch
And put a penny in a burned out fuse.

Grandpa was a carpenter
He built houses stores and banks
Chain smoked camel cigarettes
And hammered nails in planks
He was level on the level
And shaved even every door
And voted for eisenhower
'cause lincoln won the war.

Well, he used to sing me "blood on the saddle"
And rock me on his knee
And let me listen to radio
Before we got T. V.
Well, he'd drive to church on sunday
And take me with him too!
Stained glass in every window
Hearing aids in every pew.

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Now my grandma was a teacher
Went to school in bowling green
Traded in a milking cow
For a singer sewing machine
She called her husband "mister"
And walked real tall and pride
And used to buy me comic books
After grandpa died.

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    A good example of John Prine's witty song/storytelling style. I don't know if there was an actual facts on his only family here but it's just a great story of a song. Every line is believable. You can just picture the old couple, regular people, nothing spectacular but that's what makes it a great song. A simple story of simple people. The mot memorable line is his granpa "voted for Eisenhower 'cause Lincoln won the war". Who knows why, just a great line!
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