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Hear John Prine’s Tender ‘God Only Knows,’ Featuring Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires

John Prine will release The Tree of Forgiveness, his first solo album of all new material in 13 years, on April 13. For the latest release from the album, Prine enlisted the help of friends and frequent collaborators Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. The Americana couple lends gentle harmony vocals to the track, adding leverage to the song’s chorus. Isbell also plays guitar on the track, while Shires plays fiddle.

The song is an introspective look at how we treat others and how our actions impact our own feelings of self-worth.

“God only knows the price that you pay for the ones you hurt along the way,” Prine sings, speaking to human frailty as only he can. “If I should betray myself today then God only knows the price I pay.”

The song’s bridge incorporates the children’s bedtime prayer “Now I lay me down to sleep” into the song.

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Isbell and Shires also appear on the album’s final track, “When I Get to Heaven.”

Earlier this year, Prine released “Summer’s End” and “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” from the new album.

The Tree of Forgiveness was produced by Dave Cobb and recorded at the historic RCA Studio A.

John Prine will kick off his 2018 tour on April 11. Every concert ticket sold will include a CD copy of The Tree of Forgiveness upon its release. Special guests throughout the tour include Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, Sam Outlaw, Kurt Vile, John Moreland, Tyler Childers, Colter Wall, Amanda Shires, Milk Carton Kids, Langhorne Slim, Valerie June and more.

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