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JESUS THE MISSING YEARS (Prine) John Prine - 1991 It was raining it was cold West Bethlehem was no place for a twelve year old So he packed his bags and he headed out To find out what the world's about He went to France he went to Spain He found love he found pain He found stores so he started to shop But he had no money so he got in trouble with a cop Kids in trouble wiht the cops from Israel didn't have no home So he cut his hair and moved to Rome It was there he met his Irish bride And they rented a flat on the lower east side Of Rome Italy that is Music publishers, book binders, bible belters, Swimming pools, orgies and lots of pretty Italian chicks Charley bought some popcorn Billy bought a car Someone almost bought the farm But they didn't go that far Things shut down at midnight At least around here they do Cause we all reside down the block inside At 23 skidoo Wine was flowing so were beers So Jesus found his missing years He went to a dance and said, "This don't move me" So he hiked up his pants and he went to a movie On his thirteenth birthday he saw 'Rebel Without a Cause' He went straight on home and invented Santa Claus Who gave him a gift And he responded in kind He gave the gift of love and went out of his mind You see him and the wife wasn't getting along So he took out his guitar and he wrote a song Called 'The Dove Of Love Fell Off The Perch' But he couldn't get divorced in the Catholic Church At least not back then anyhow Jesus was a good guy he didn't need this shit So he took a pill with a Coca-Cola and he swallowed it He discovered the Beatles He recorded with the Stones Once he even opened up a three way package For old George Jones The years passed by like sweet little days With babies crying pork chops and Beaujolais When he woke up he was seventeen The world was angry the world was mean Why the man down the street and the kid on the stoop All agreed that life stank all the world smelled like poop Baby poop that is the worst kind So he grew his hair long and threw away his comb And headed back to Jerusalem to find mom, dad and home But when he got there the cupboard was bare Except for an old black man with a fishing rod He said, "Whatcha gonna be when you grow up?" Jesus said "God" Oh my God what have I gotten myself into? I'm a human corkscrew and all my wine is blood They're gonna kill me Mama, they don't like me Bud So Jesus went to heaven and he went there awful quick All them people killed him and He wasn't even sick So come and gather around me my contemporary peers And I'll tell you all the story Of Jesus ... the missing years ***** JESUS THE MISSING YEARS (Live Version) (Prine) John Prine - 1997 I got the idea for this song, I guess, uuh, somebody was talking to me at a party a couple of years back. I don't know how we got around to this conversation, but somebody started telling me that there was all these missing years in the life of Jesus. He was missing from the time he was twelve until he was thirty. And I said, "You mean, uuh, like nobody knew where he was?" And he said, "Nobody!" So that kinda like stuck in the back o' my mind, you know, I thought "nobody!". One of the most influential and controversial figures in the history of mankind.....nobody knows where he was for eighteen years. I snuck away on a fishin' trip once with this waitress for a couple of days. By the time we got back to Nashville, everybody knew where we were! Jesus.....the missing years..... It was raining and it was cold West Bethlehem was no place for a twelve year old So he packed his bag and he headed out To find out what the world's about He went to France an' he went to Spain He found love he found pain He found stores so he started to shop He had no money so he got in trouble with a cop Kids in trouble with the cops from Israel didn't have no home So he cut his hair and moved to Rome It was there he met his Irish bride And they rented a flat on the lower east side Of Rome.......Italy that is Music publishers, book binders, bible belters, Money changers, spear inventors And lots of pretty Italian chicks Charley bought some popcorn Billy bought a car Someone almost bought the farm But they didn't go that far Things shut down at midnight At least 'round here they do 'Cause we all reside down the block inside 23 skidoo Wine was flowing, so were beers So Jesus found his missing years He went to a dance and said, "This don't move me" So he hiked up his pants and he went to a movie On his thirteenth birthday he saw 'Rebel Without a Cause' He went straight on home and invented Santa Claus Who gave him a gift and he responded in kind He gave the gift of love and went out of his mind You see, uuh, him and the wife wasn't gettin' along So he took out his guitar and he wrote a song Called 'The Dove Of Love Fell Off The Perch' But he couldn't get divorced in the Catholic Church At least not back then anyhow Jesus was a good guy He didn't need this shit So he took a pill with a bag o' peanuts and a Coca-Cola And he swallowed it He discovered the Beatles He recorded with the Stones Once he even opened up a three way package In Southern California for old George Jones And Charley bought some popcorn An' Billy bought a car Someone almost bought the farm But they didn't go that far And things shut down at midnight At least 'round here they do 'Cause we all reside down the block inside 23 skidoo The years went by like sweet little days With babies cryin', pork chops and Beaujolaise When he woke up he was seventeen The world was angry, the world was mean Why the man down the street and the kid on the stoop All agreed that life stank The whole world smelled like poop Baby poop that is......the worst kind So he grew his hair long and threw away his comb Headed back to Jerusalem to find mom, dad and home But when he got there the cupboard was bare Except for an old black man with a fishin' rod He said, "Whatcha gonna be when you grow up?" Jesus said "God" Oh, my God what have I gotten myself into? I'm a human corkscrew, all my wine is blood They're gonna kill me Mama They don't like me Bud So Jesus went to heaven And he went there awful quick All them people killed him And He wasn't even sick So come and gather around me My contemporary peers An' I'll tell you all the story Of Jesus ... the missing years Charley bought some popcorn An' Billy bought a car Someone almost bought the farm But they didn't go that far Things shut down at midnight At least 'round here they do 'Cause we all reside down the block inside 23 skidoo We all reside down the block inside 23 skidoo (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - November 2003)

    


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