Rita Wilson is among the millions mourning the death of singer-songwriter John Prine, who passed away this week after contracting the coronavirus. Wilson, who is herself recovering from COVID-19 along with husband Tom Hanks, shared a touching message on social media.
“John and Fiona invited me to come to John’s festival last November to perform. That they included me in a group of so many musical friends meant more than they’ll know. Johns generosity of spirit will never be forgotten. I leave you with John’s lyrics, a man who could say perfectly, what we have all felt,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself with Prine and his wife Fiona.
She also shared the lyrics from a song Prine recorded called “Blue Side of Lonesome.”
“I’m Just On The Blue Side Of Lonesome. Right Next To The Heartbreak Hotel. In A Tavern That’s Known As Three Tear Drops. On A Bar Stool Not Doin’ So Well. The Floor Has A Carpet Of Sorrow, But No One Can Weep In The Aisle. And They Say Someone Broke The Bar Mirror, With Only The Ghost Of A Smile. The Hands On The Clock Never Alter, For Things Never Change In This Place. There’s No Present, No Past, No Future. We’re The Ones Who Have Lost In Loves Race.”
Fiona announced on social media on March 29 that Prine was hospitalized and in critical condition.
“After a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical,” Fiona wrote at the time. “This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years,we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you.”
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