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Featured Song Meaning: John Prine – When I Get To Heaven

“I used to smoke like crazy, I smoked a pack a day for 35 years until I got cancer. I stopped but I never lost my taste for cigarettes. This song – I thought where in the hell can I smoke a cigarette. Heaven! There couldn’t be “no smoking” in heaven. Why have a heaven is you can’t smoke. That’s how the idea of the song came about.”

John Prine (1221)

RIP John. Here’s hoping there’s a 9 mile long cigarette waiting for you.


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