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Published on Apr 5, 2010
About this song: Little is known about this song, but apparently in August of 1970, two years before the release of John Prine's first album, WFMT radio in Chicago made some recordings of John playing in the studio, and performing live at "The Fifth Peg." John Prine was 23 years old at the time.
Described as "The oldest surviving John Prine recording" this treasure consists of two CDs worth of material- 12 studio recordings and 7 tracks recorded live at The Fifth Peg.
This song, "A Star, A Jewel And A Hoax" is one of the studio recordings, and remains unreleased to this day.
He's a star But he didn't get as far As those who idolized his ways and means To prepare themselves to be better human beings Well they understood more than he had meant to say In his day But that's okay.
She's a jewel But her tactics are so cruel And her past affairs smell cheap like the perfume in her hair She lives another life, but not her own On an imaginary throne In the sky She's afraid to die.
Great thoughts don't come To those who try too hard To imaginate what's going on in the mind's back yard So I'll leave lest you think that I'm a hoax Like these other folks In my song. Goodbye, so-long.