John Prine

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Folk legend John Prine recalls his time working as a mailman and explains why he's opposed to twerking. (3:30)

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT'S, SINGER/SONGWRITER WHOSE'S

ALBUM THE MISSING YEARS IS BEING RE-RELEASED ON VINYL.

I CAN'T WAIT TO DOWNLOAD IT.

>> PLEASE WELCOME JOHN PRIN!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> THANKS CORE FOLLOWING CON.

>> I'M AN ENORMOUS FAN, ENORMOUS FAN.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

>> GREAT TO BE HERE, THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU AS I SAID BEFORE A GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING, REALLY FOLK SINGER, SONGWRITER, SONGWRITER.

YOU'RE A LEGEND IN YOUR OWN TIME.

BUT YOU STARTED OFF AS A MAILMAN.

>> YES, I DID, YEAH.

>> Stephen: WERE YOU A MAILMAN'S MAILMAN?

>> I WAS.

>> Stephen: WERE YOU THE KIND OF MAILMAN THAT OTHER MAILMEN WANTED TO GET THEIR

MAIL FROM?

>> I WAS THE KIND OF MAILMAN THAT DOGS COULDN'T WAIT TO SEE COMING DOWN THE STREET.

>> Stephen: WHY DID YOU LEAVE A STEADY JOB AND GO INTO A SHAKY BUSINESS LIKE MUSIC?

>> BECAUSE I WAS MAKING MORE MONEY IN THE BUSINESS AS WALKING IN THE SNOW.

>> Stephen: SO FOLK-MUSIC WAS WHERE THE BIG MONEY WAS.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: I GOT A BEEF WITH YOU, JOHN PRINE, I'M AN ENORMOUS FAN AS I SAID.

BUT YOU LIKE TO KEEP IT SIMPLE.

IT'S MOSTLY JUST VOCALS AND GUITAR.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WHY NOT FLASH MOB, FACEPAINT, WHY NOT SOMEONE TWERKING AGAINST YOU

WHILE YOU'RE DOING YOUR SONGS?

>> THAT WOULD PUT ME IN A DIFFERENT TAX BRACKET.

(LAUGHTER) (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: MY FAVORITE SONG OF YOUR, ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS OF ALL TIMES IS CALLED

HOW LUCKY.

NOW THE SONG HAS LYRICS, GOES TODAY I WALK DOWN THE STREET, I USED TO WANDER.

AND I SCRATCH-- I SHOOK MY HEAD AND MADE MYSELF A BET.

ALL THESE THINGS THAT I DONE THINK I REMEMBER, HOW LUCKY CAN ONE MAN GET.

WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU DON'T REMEMBER?

>> (LAUGHTER)

>> I CAN'T RECALL THEM RIGHT NOW.

>> Stephen: WELL, WE'VE GOT A NEW RELEASE OF YOUR CLASSIC ALBUM THE MISSING

YEARS WHICH WAS RELEASED IN 1991 BUT NOT AVAILABLE ON VINYL THEN BUT AVAILABLE ON

VINYL NOW.

THE MISSING YEARS REFERS TO JESS SUS MISSING YEARS.

>> YES.

FROM THE TIME HE WAS 13 TO I GUESS ABOUT 18, 19.

BUT-- .

>> Stephen: WE DONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THEN.

>> NOBODY DID.

I DON'T KNOW WHY.

>> Stephen: DO YOU FILL IN THOSE MISSING YEARS.

>> I HAVE AS GOOD A GUESS AS ANYBODY.

>> Stephen: THAT'S HERESY YOU REALIZE.

(LAUGHTER) WELL, JOHN, WOULD YOU DO A SONG FOR US, PLEASE.

>> I WOULD LOVE TO (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

>> Stephen: WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A PERFORMANCE BY JOHN PRINE.

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