I got a friend in Fremont
He sells used cars, ya know
Well, he calls me up twice a year
Just to ask me how'd it go
"Pretty good, not bad, I can't complain
But actually everything is just about the same"

I met a girl from Venus, her insides were lined in gold
Well, she did what she did, said "How was it, kid?"
She was politely told
"Pretty good, not bad, I can't complain
But actually everything is just about the same"

Moonlight makes me dizzy
Sunlight makes me clean
Your light is the sweetest thing
That this boy has ever seen

Molly went to Arkansas, she got raped by Dobbin's dog
Well, she was doing good 'til she went in the woods
And got pinned up against a log
Pretty good, not bad, she can't complain
'Cause actually all them dogs are just about the same

Moonlight makes me dizzy
Sunlight makes me clean
Your light is the sweetest thing
That this boy has ever seen

I heard Allah and Buddha were singing at the Savior's feast
And up in the sky an Arabian rabbi
Fed Quaker Oats to a priest
Pretty good, not bad, they can't complain
'Cause actually all them gods are just about the same
Pretty good, not bad, I can't complain
'Cause actually everything is just about the same


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"Pretty Good" as written by John Prine

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General Commentthis song describes how i feel when i really do not care about anything.

    i think the chorus is about a guy who is taking advantage of a woman.
    smartfool17on November 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor me it is about how stupid it is to speak politely.
    Tiger Kingon March 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentFeelings of ennui provoked by pure jadedness.
    Wallekeon October 04, 2016   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me to be about how the good and the bad kind of intertwine, and how this is difficult to express, but maybe just kind of superficial anyway.

    It's good to have a friend, but he's a car dealer, and you only talk a couple times a year. That sets up the whole thing, like these kind of superficial conversations you have with people, that could go deeper, but don't. "Pretty good, not bad, can't complain. Actually, everything is about the same"

    He meets a girl from Venus, a goddess, insides made of gold, like the epitome of feminine beauty, but, it's not a love song to her, it's just a stanza. It's great to have been there, but she did what she did.

    Apparently Molly was a Labrador that ran off and came back with puppies, but mixed breed. so, kind of a mixed blessing like everything else in this song. I liked this song, but that verse seemed out of line, until I learned that dog story. It made the song almost self referential, it sounds bad, but it's not, but it's not good either.

    The mixed blessing theme is then reinforced with the mish-mash of religious references in the last verse. Each has their good and their bad, and in the end they're all pretty similar.

    geraldinesasquatchon March 25, 2019   Link

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