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Speed of the Sound of Lonliness
by John Prine
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You come home late and you come home early
You come on big when you're feeling small
You come home straight and you come home curly
Sometimes you don't come home at all

So what in the world's come over you
And what in heaven's name have you done
You've broken the speed of the sound of loneliness
You're out there running just to be on the run

Well I got a heart that burns with a fever
And I got a worried and a jealous mind
How can a love that'll last forever
Get left so far behind

Repeat Chorus:

It's a mighty mean and a dreadful sorrow
It's crossed the evil line today
Well, how can you ask about tomorrow
We ain't got one word to say

Repeat Chorus:

You're out there running just to be on the run
You're out there running just to be on the run
You're out there running just to be on the run


Cynthia Peterson – lead vocals
Alan Klein – vocal harmonies, guitar
Dave Lyman – vocal harmonies, guitar
Chuck Cole – mandolin
Wes Peterson – harmonica

Dave: This is a John Prine song; we do a number of his songs also. His wordsmithing always has a different look at life.

Wes: What a song! The title, alone, should tell you something special is coming - and it is.  I've lived this song; know exactly what Prine was writing about. Prine's melody is a perfect match for the aching pain expressed in his lyrics.

Word is that, back in the day, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley did a fair amount of pub-crawling in Austin, TX.  Superb songwriters, all three, it's not surprising they rubbed shoulders. Alas, Van Zandt and Foley are no longer with us.  Prine covers a couple of Blaze Foley songs that I hope will be added soon to the Vintage Fare repertoire.


2018 is another good year for Vintage Fare and, so far, we've played some fun gigs, with more to come.

We also began performing at Bella Bru in Carmichael, a great coffee shop & restaurant that includes the Luna Lounge. We're generally there the first saturday of each month.

Check our calendar for upcoming events.


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