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  1. Jenny Died at 25

From the album Red Beet Records - 2013

Lyrics

I'd been trying to write this for a few years. Finished it just after sitting next to John Prine on an airplane that flew from Nashville to Baltimore. On Southwest, you can sometimes sit wherever you want. I recommend the next to Prine seat, whenever available. Several people have asked if I wrote this song about them. I tell them I hope not.

Peter Cooper (Well Known Music, SESAC, admin. by BMG Chrysalis)

Jenny died at 25, she'll tell you that today
She'll even show you pictures from before she was this way
There's Jenny at the beach, or with her friends out on the town
There's Jenny with the smile that she keeps six feet underground

Jenny died at 25, she'll tell you that for sure
You've seen the walking wounded, well they're all one up on her
You can view the body, but the soul is off somewhere
We all still care for Jenny, but now Jenny doesn't care

It happens to the best of 'em
It's a shame and it's a crime
You can die at 25 and still live a long, long time
And no one screams bloody murder
Or sings “Amazing Grace”
Or wonders how you got that funny look upon your face

Jenny died at 25, and it never made the news
She got lured in by the rhythm, then got bludgeoned by the blues
She was frozen in the moment, she's been frozen ever since
She says that living’s dead to her, she says it’s self-defense

It happens to the best of 'em
It's a shame and it's a crime
You can die at 25 and still live a long, long time
And no one screams bloody murder
Or sings “I Saw The Light”
Or wonders if you're crying in the middle of the night

Jenny died at 25, you should have known her when
I'd give a grand to hear her laugh the way she did back then
We had such a good time back when she was still alive
Jenny's 34-years-old, and died at 25

It happens to the best of 'em
It's a shame and it's a crime
You can live to ripe old age and been dead a long long time
And no one screams bloody murder
Or sings “Amazing Grace”
Or wonders how you got that funny look upon your face
And no one screams bloody murder
Or sings “I Saw The Light”
Or wonders if you’re crying in the middle of the night

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