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The Coronavirus Claims a Folksinger

A recent photograph of John Prine taken by Ron Baker



The Coronavirus Takes Another

John Prine died the other day. Ordinarily, I would not take note of the passing of another entertainment personality, but Prine’s death has taken on a special meaning, for he has died of complications caused by COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus disease.

John Prine’s View of Death As a Young Man

Back in 1978 John Prine penned his first view of dying. In a song, called Please Don’t Bury Me, John outlines, in a hilariously tongue-in-cheek style, what doctors can do with his body, if he should meet an early and untimely demise. This song was featured on the Sweet Revenge album and since then has become a genuine standard of the American Folk and Indie scene.  Here is a recent (2017) recording of John performing the song, along with Sturgill Simpson.

A Deadly Pandemic

As this worldwide pandemic makes it mark, the number of people infected is still climbing as are the fatalities. How long this will last is uncertain, but it is pretty good bet that life after the Coronavirus will be different from what it is now. With vast numbers of people worldwide advised to stay at home, viewers might want to take a few minutes to check out these two humorous takes on dying.

John’s View of Death As an Old Man

A couple of years ago, 2018 to be exact, John released his second take on dying, with “When I Get To Heaven”. In true Prine form, John begins this irreverent tune by shaking hands with God. To get the rest of the story, you’ll have to check out the video below. Contrasting this recent version with the one made 40 years makes for an interesting comparison with the recent version.

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