A Star, A Jewel And A Hoax - *unreleased* John Prine cover





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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.

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