Music Break: John Prine – That’s How Every Empire Falls

June 30, 2018

Padlock the door and board the windows
Put the people in the street
“It’s just my job,” he says “I’m sorry.”
And draws a check, goes home to eat
But at night he tells his woman
“I know I hide behind the laws.”
She says, “You’re only taking orders.”
That’s how every empire falls.

A bitter wind blows through the country
A hard rain falls on the sea
If terror comes without a warning
There must be something we don’t see
What fire begets this fire? Like torches thrown into the straw
If no one asks, then no one answers
That’s how every empire falls.

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Not a Prine original. Here’s the songwriter R. B. Morris playing the same piece.

 

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