Wore out from all the weeping over the death of John Prine, the last thing I remember from last night was the chorus of Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore, a tune off his 1971 debut that has been near and dear to me since the very first time I heard it a couple decades later:
But your flag decal won’t get you
into Heaven anymore
It’s already overcrowded
From your dirty little war
Now Jesus don’t like killing
No matter what the reason’s for
And your flag decal won’t get you into Heaven anymore
John Prine was one of the kindest, most generous fellows of the singer/songwriting persuasion I’ve ever encountered, and funny as hell, laughter being one of those things I’ve always needed a whole lot of. So long and God bless to Mr. Prine and family, and thanks for all the tunes. Be seeing you around.
The message below from Fiona Prine arrived a few minutes before Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 presidential campaign, making this a day I’m unlikely to forget. Below Fiona’s message enjoy another unforgettable Prine classic, his duet with Iris Dement, In Spite of Ourselves. – RR
From Oh Boy Records
It is with heavy hearts we have to share this sad news. Some of you may have already heard, but we wanted to take the time to let you know personally, and to say thank you. Thank you so much for all the well wishes, thoughts, prayers, stories, and songs. They helped us keep going through this tough time, and they will continue to bring us comfort.
Thank you for your love and support of John all these years. We know that it is what kept him going. He absolutely loved what he did, and he loved all of you. Thank you and we love you. – The Oh Boy family
From Fiona Whelan Prine…
Our beloved John died yesterday evening at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville TN. We have no words to describe the grief our family is experiencing at this time. John was the love of my life and adored by our sons Jody, Jack and Tommy, daughter in law Fanny, and by our grandchildren.
John contracted Covid-19 and in spite of the incredible skill and care of his medical team at Vanderbilt he could not overcome the damage this virus inflicted on his body.
I sat with John – who was deeply sedated- in the hours before he passed and will be forever grateful for that opportunity.
My dearest wish is that people of all ages take this virus seriously and follow guidelines set by the CDC. We send our condolences and love to the thousands of other American families who are grieving the loss of loved ones at this time – and to so many other families across the world.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love we have received from family, friends, and fans all over the world. John will be so missed but he will continue to comfort us with his words and music and the gifts of kindness, humor and love he left for all of us to share.
In lieu of flowers or gifts at this time we would ask that a donation be made to one of the following non profits: