"Prodigal Son" as written by and Rev. Robert Wilkins....
Well a poor boy took his father's bread and started down the road
Started down the road
Took all he had and started down the road
Going out in this world, where God only knows
And that'll be the way to get along

Well poor boy spent all he had, famine come in the land
Famine come in the land
Spent all he had and famine come in the land
Said, "I believe I'll go and hire me to some man"
And that'll be the way I'll get along

Well, man said, "I'll give you a job for to feed my swine
For to feed my swine
I'll give you a job for to feed my swine"
Boy stood there and hung his head and cried
Cause that is no way to get along

Said, "I believe I'll ride, believe I'll go back home
Believe I'll go back home
Believe I'll ride, believe I'll go back home
Or down the road as far as I can go"
And that'll be the way to get along

Well, father said, "See my son coming home to me
Coming home to me"
Father ran and fell down on his knees
Said, "Sing and praise, Lord have mercy on me"
Mercy

Oh poor boy stood there, hung his head and cried
Hung his head and cried
Poor boy stood and hung his head and cried
Said, "Father will you look on me as a child?"
Yeah

Well father said, "Eldest son, kill the fatted calf,
Call the family round
Kill that calf and call the family round
My son was lost but now he is found
Cause that's the way for us to get along"
Hey


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"Prodigal Son" as written by Stephen Percy Harris

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is an easy one, just like the story in the bible. Boy leaves takes dads money. Loses it all comes back and is accepted by his dad. Brother hates him.
    Tyler250on September 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe lyrics are based on the bible, but the song itself is an old blues one called "thats no way to get along" by...damn, I forget who exactly..some old-timey black guy....
    hangwire13on January 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love Keith's lyrical contribution right at the end. This is probably the least evil song the Stones ever recorded.
    GTonyon August 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrics, above suck...Maybe, my favorite song ever.
    sailingallaloneon December 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell a poor boy took his father's bread and started down the road
    Started down the road
    Took all he had and started down the road
    Going out in this world, where God only knows
    And that'll be the way to get along

    Well poor boy spent all he had, famine come in the land
    Famine come in the land
    Spent all he had and famine come in the land
    Said, "I believe I'll go and hire me to some man"
    And that'll be the way I'll get along

    Well, man said, "I'll give you a job for to feed my swine
    For to feed my swine
    I'll give you a job for to feed my swine"
    Boy stood there and hung his head and cried
    `Cause that is no way to get along

    Said, "I believe I'll ride, believe I'll go back home
    Believe I'll go back home
    Believe I'll ride, believe I'll go back home
    Or down the road as far as I can go"
    And that'll be the way to get along

    Well, father said, "See my son coming after me
    Coming home to me"
    Father ran and fell down on his knees
    Said, "Sing and praise, Lord have mercy on me"
    Mercy

    Oh poor boy stood there, hung his head and cried
    Hung his head and cried
    Poor boy stood and hung his head and cried
    Said, "Father will you look on me as a child?"
    Yeah

    Well father said, "Eldest son, kill the fatted calf,
    Call the family round
    Kill that calf and call the family round
    My son was lost but now he is found
    'Cause that's the way for us to get along"
    Hey
    Joey Rabbiton May 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonI like to Compare this with Nick Cave's "The Good Son"...
    soboton December 14, 2011   Link

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